flew back from Cannes in time to attend a very special event
— her graduation. The Latin star, 38, received a master's degree in
Chicano Studies at the California State University on May 22.
Ahead of the unforgettable occasion, Eva tweeted: "Big day today!!! Very excited to graduate for my Master's degree in Chicano Studies! You're never too old or too busy to continue your education!"
The brunette was clearly overjoyed as she posed for pictures in her black cap and gown. And her parents, Enrique Longoria, Jr. and mother Ella Eva Mireles, couldn't have looked prouder as they cheered Eva on, along with other family members, on her special day.
The actress' friend and former Desperate Housewives co-star Marcia Cross was one of the first people to send her best wishes. "Huge congratulations on your graduation today!!!! From Cannes to Cap and Gown. You are really something. Xoxo m."
Mario Lopez also tweeted: "So proud of u! Wish I could've been there."
Eva's representative revealed she had been working hard for three years to earn her degree.
The rep said: "Eva enrolled at Northridge three years ago and is receiving her Master's degree in Chicano Studies with her thesis on 'Success STEMS From Diversity: The Value of Latinas in STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] Career'".
According to California State University's website, Chicano Studies is a "field that advances a critical understanding of the Chicana/o and Latina/o experience in the United States. Courses reflect a multidisciplinary approach to the understanding of Chicana/o and Latina/o histories, politics, culture, language and education."
Following the ceremony, Eva and her family went to her restaurant Beso, in Hollywood, to celebrate her graduation. The beaming star looked gorgeous in a grey dress by Monique Lhullier, a black clutch and matching high heels.