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Melissa Gorga Is Emotional About Joey Gorga Jr.'s 8th Grade Graduation: "My Baby"

The RHONJ mom is feeling "so proud" of her youngest following his milestone.

By Shannon Raphael

Melissa and Joe Gorga's youngest son just completed a major milestone: his eighth-grade graduation.

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey 'wife and her husband have been celebrating numerous major moments in their three kids' respective academic careers, from sending eldest daughter Antonia Gorga off to college, to picking her up in May as she completed her freshman year. Joey's eighth-grade graduation is the latest school accomplishment for the Gorgas.

Melissa, Joe, and Antonia all shared photos and videos from Joey's graduation ceremony and pre-graduation preparation on their Instagram pages.

Antonia first shared a photo on her Instagram Story of her brother wearing a white tuxedo jacket, black slacks, and a black bow tie. She captioned the shot, "[Joey Gorga Jr.] 8th grade grad."

Both Melissa and Joe shared videos of Joey posing on the staircase of their Franklin Lakes, New Jersey home with his friends, who all wore the same white jackets and black pants. 

"8th grade graduation starts now," Melissa wrote in the caption of one video.

A series of Joey Gorga wearing a tuxedo at his 8th grade graduation

In another, she shared that her son was one of the students who would be presenting the class gift. She posted a photo of Joey on the stage when he presented said gift, and later a video of him giving a speech.

"That smile melts my heart," she shared.

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Melissa later took to her main feed to post a photo of her posing with Joe and the recent graduate. 

"My baby the 8th grade graduate," she wrote. "I'm so proud of the beautiful human he is. He lights up every room he enters. Can't wait for him to experience even more of this beautiful thing called life."

Melissa Gorga reveals what's next for Joey Gorga Jr. 

During a recent exclusive chat with, Melissa opened up about what her sons Joey and Gino Gorga were doing.

“Little Joey is about to graduate 8th grade,” Melissa told “Yes, he's about to go to high school, which now I can't believe. I'm gonna have another one entering high school, but he's doing [a] great job.”

Melissa added that Joey is "the life" of the Gorga house. As for his personality, she said that he is “a real typical eighth-grade boy that's just trying to figure it all out.” 

With Antonia away at college most of the time, Melissa is in a house full of boys. She's adjusting by taking some time to herself when she can. 

“I just go in my room sometimes when they're all in the living room... I'm like, ‘Where's my daughter?" Melissa explained. "Because she left me here all alone with all these boys.’”

Though she misses having Antonia around more, Melissa wouldn't change a thing.

“But it's cute. I love being a boy mom. I do," she concluded. "So it's fine."

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