Naya Rivera’s son Josey graduates Pre-K… as ex Ryan Dorsey celebrates with an adorable snap: ‘Next up Kindergarten!’
Naya Rivera’s ex husband Ryan Dorsey celebrated a new milestone in their son Josey’s life — his Pre-K graduation.
The Big Sky actor, 37, took to Instagram to share a photo with the nearly six-year-old who donned an adorable cap and gown as he gushed that he was a ‘proud dad.’
The late Glee actress is said to have saved Josey before she fatally drowned last July during a lake boating excursion gone tragically wrong.
The graduate! Naya Rivera’s son Josey graduates from Pre-K as her ex Ryan Dorsey celebrates the milestone with an adorable snap
Tragic passing: Naya tragically drowned last July after she and Josey took a boat out at Lake Piru in California and she was said to have saved him before meeting her fatal end
‘Fresh outta Pre-K boy! Next Up Kindergarten!,’ Dorsey wrote as he tagged the location ‘dream big.’
In the snap he was seen planting a kiss on Josey’s cheek, as the very swaggy graduate donned a pint-sized cap and gown over jeans and Nike high tops.
In more photos posted to his story they pair flashed peace signs while smiling big as Ryan continued to say he was a ‘proud Papa.’
And at the ceremony Josey was also given an honorary diploma. The comment section was full of assurance from fans that despite not being physically present his mom was watching over him.
Just last summer Naya drowned after she and Josey took a boat out at Lake Piru in California and went for a swim.
The 33-year-old was said to have saved him before she went under, hoisting him onto the boat but not having the energy for herself.
After a five day search her body was recovered and the death was ruled an accident as no foul play was suspected and suicide was not in consideration.
Peace out! The father son duo were seen flashing peace signs in more snaps
Joyous occasion: The Big Sky actor also shared photos to his Instastory as he remarked ‘Kindergarten here we come!’
Full ceremony: Josey was seen wearing a cap and gown and even getting handed an honorary diploma
At a July 13 press conference, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub provided details about what went down at the lake, citing testimony Josey had given them.
‘We know from speaking with her son, that he and Naya swam in the lake together at some point during their journey. It was during that time that her son described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind.’
And he was the last to lay eyes on his mom as the sheriff continued: ‘He [Josey] told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water.’
This week Naya’s dad George Rivera opened up about how Josey was faring less than a year after losing his mom.
In her heart: In a July press conference after Naya’s body was recovered after a five day search they cited testimony Josey gave who said that she had hoisted him on the boat before she drowned
He credited both Dorsey and Naya’s younger sister Nickayla — Dorsey’s now girlfriend — for doing a ‘really great job,’ raising him after her death, but said Josey still had memories of the tragic day.
Nickayla and Ryan are doing a really great job,’ George told ET. ‘Tough situation, especially because he [Josey] was there — it’s not like you’re talking about a ghost that’s floating around, right? He’s got memories as well, but boy is he coming around, right? Really strong kid.’
He also added that they don’t shy away from talking about Naya with Josey. ‘We handle him and we talk to him…It’s no different but when he wants to talk about his mother, we talk about his mother, in conversation. He’s growing up and handling it really well.’
Scene at Lake Piru: At a press conference Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said that the lake was prone to a lot of currents and the theory was that they took her under and additionally said that several drownings had occurred there; scene at Lake Piru July 9