Kandi Burruss Congratulates Daughter Riley For Graduating Despite The Ceremony Being Postponed Due To COVID-19

Riley and Kandi Burruss attend Universal "US" First Screening - Atlanta at SCAD Show on March 08, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Kandi Burruss shared how proud she was of her oldest daughter, Riley Burruss, for graduating from high school.

Like many high school seniors, Riley, 17, was set to have her diploma handed to her this month. However, the graduation ceremony at her Atlanta school was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although Kandi, Riley and their family couldn’t attend the physical event, Kandi expressed her happiness on Instagram. She posted a photo of Riley, who looked amazing in pearls and a black top, with loose curls in her hair. Riley also rocked a small smile as she looked directly at the camera.

“Today was the day my baby @rileyburruss was supposed to get her diploma,” Kandi wrote. “Unfortunately because of the quarantine the graduation has been postponed but I still want to congratulate my baby & let her know I am sooooo proud of her! This is the start of a new chapter & so many more major accomplishments to come. Congratulations @rileyburruss & the class of 2020!”

Riley is Kandi’s first child from a previous relationship. On RHOA, Kandi has opened up about the challenges she faced as a single mother. For several seasons, she’s tried to reunite Riley with her estranged father, Russell “Block” Spencer. Kandi shared with Bravo that she’s never had a co-parenting dynamic with her ex. She also said Riley and Spencer “really don’t have a relationship” with one another.

Despite not having Riley’s father around, Kandi makes sure her daughter receives as much love as possible. The mother-daughter duo is close both on and off-camera. They spend time on social media apps, including Instagram and Riley’s popular TikTok page. In multiple videos, Kandi joins Riley when she’s doing a new dance or skit on the site. Kandi has also had Riley as a guest on her YouTube show, Speak On It.

Back in December 2019, Riley shared that she had been accepted to New York University for the 2020 fall semester. She dished to Bravo that the school was her first choice, even though she applied to others. Riley said NYU is perfect for her and the career path she plans on taking. In Season 11 of RHOA, Riley stayed in New York and completed a summer internship. Kandi has said she plans to pursue a career as a lawyer and will attend law school upon completing her undergraduate career.

Kandi has two additional children. She and husband Todd Tucker welcomed son Ace Wells Tucker back in 2016. The pair then added another baby girl, Blaze Tucker, in November 2019, via surrogate.