Graduation season is officially upon us! Many high school and college students are donning caps and gowns and beginning a life where they could become our next actors, musicians, athletes or even Presidents.

Our friends over at spotted a few celeb grads back before they were stars!

Jennifer Hudson


Only five years after graduating from Dunbar Vocational High School in Englewood, IL, Jennifer Hudson made it to the top seven of “American Idol.” She may not have won but we think she's doing alright for herself -- a year later she was cast as Effie in “Dreamgirls," winning an Academy Award, and today she has a successful career in film and music, an adorable son, and one good looking new figure!

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Carrie Underwood


Another "American Idol" alum, Carrie Underwood was Salutatorian of her graduating class at Checotah High School in Checotah, OK, in 2001. Eleven years later, she's an Idol champ with 5 Grammy awards and pro hockey player husband!

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Jamie Foxx


An accomplished athlete and performer in high school, Eric Marlon Bishop -- better known to you as Jamie Foxx -- graduated from Terrell High School in Terrell, TX, in 1986 with a full scholarship to study classical music and composition at the United States International University. Just five years later he was cracking us up as a cast member on “In Living Color,” and he's gone on to win a Golden Globe, Grammy, Oscar and more!

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Michelle Obama


Our First Lady has always been an overachiever.

Michelle Obama
(then Robinson) graduated Whitney Young High School in Chicago in 1981 as a member of the National Honor Society, student council treasurer, and Salutatorian of her class. She attended Princeton University, got a law degree from Harvard Law School, had two kids, oh, and became First Lady of the United States, where she focuses on supporting military families and preventing childhood obesity. Whew. We salute you, Mrs. Obama!

To see more grads -- including Brooke Shields, LeBron James and Jodie Foster -- before they were famous, head over to or click on the "Launch Gallery" button above!