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Dakota Fanning arrives at the premiere of Push at the Mann Theater, Westwood on Jan. 29, 2009. / Dakota Fanning appears in the 2002 mini-series Taken. - Provided courtesy of photos/zigzaglens/ zigzaglens.com / Dreamworks

Dakota Fanning of 'Twilight' graduates high school

06/07/2011 by Corinne Heller

Dakota Fanning, a former child star who appears in the "Twilight" films, recently graduated from high school.

The 17-year-old donned a blue cap and gown with gold piping at the commencement ceremony of Campbell Hall, an Episcopal school in North Hollywood, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Monday, June 6, People magazine reported, posting a photo of the actress at the event.

Throughout her high school days, Fanning was a cheerleader and was voted homecoming queen. The Georgia native's breakout roles were in 2000, when she appeared on the medical drama series "ER" and as a 5-year-old version of Ally McBeal in the law show by the same name. She later appeared on programs such as "The Practice" and "Malcolm in the Middle" and appeared alongside Sean Penn in the 2001 movie "I Am Sam."

In 2002, she starred in the romantic comedy "Sweet Home Alabama," which featured Reese Witherspoon in the main role, and played Allie Keys in the mini-series "Taken" in 2002. Fanning starred in the 2005 reboot of "War of the Worlds" with Tom Cruise and in the 2006 film "Charlotte's Web." In 2009, Fanning starred in the movie "Push" and played the vampire Jane in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," the second film in the hit series starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

In 2010, Fanning co-starred with Stewart in the music biopic "The Runaways" and reprised her role in the third "Twilight" movie, "Eclipse." Fanning plays the same part in the fourth and final installment, the two-part "Breaking Dawn."

Fanning's younger sister Elle, who is also an actress, also attended the graduation ceremony, People said. The 13-year-old also appeared in "I Am Sam" and "Taken" and stars in the new sci-fi thriller "Super 8," which is set for release on Friday, June 10.

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