Felicity Huffman Watches Daughter Graduate High School Weeks After Pleading Guilty to Paying $15,000 College Bribe

By Zachary Stieber

Actress Felicity Huffman joined her husband watching their daughter graduate high school just weeks after she pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to try to get her into an elite college.

She was expected to receive some time in jail for paying William “Rick” Singer, head of The Edge College & Career Network, $15,000 for an associate of his to change her daughter’s answers on an SAT exam.

Prosecutors said the changes netted a 400 point boost over the girl’s previous score.

Huffman was one of 33 parents charged in the nationwide scandal, which also engulfed fellow actress Lori Loughlin. Huffman’s husband William Macy was not charged even though investigators said he was aware of the bribery.

Huffman and Macy were at The Dolby Theatre over the weekend for the graduation of Sophia Grace Macy, 18, from the LA County High School for the Arts.

“Theater grad Sophia, dressed in black, performed a ten-minute piece along with her fellow students, reciting soliloquies from various plays. She then changed into a pretty floral dress to sing with an ensemble,” reported the Daily Mail. “As she collected her diploma she mouthed, ‘I love you’ to her former teacher who had read out her name.”

Huffman was pictured smiling and speaking to other parents. Macy was seen on a cell phone before entering the theater.

Macy declined to comment when asked questions and Huffman moved away from photographers who were outside; the family ultimately departed using an exit at the loading dock.

Actress Felicity Huffman arrives with her brother
Actress Felicity Huffman arrives with her brother, Moore Huffman Jr., at federal court in Boston, where she pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal, on May 13, 2019. (Steven Senne/AP Photo)

Latest on Sophia’s Plans

While Sophia was originally planning to attend college following her high school graduation, she will now take a break before doing so, according to a recent report.

“The family realizes Felicity might serve time and while they wait for the sentencing, they are taking it one day at a time and truly appreciating what they have,” a source told Entertainment Tonight.

“Their daughters are doing well and have tried to keep their routines and make the best of the end of the school year, and are making summer plans. They are definitely planning a lot of quality family time. The girls are very close to their mom and dad and have been sympathetic throughout. They will do anything they can to be there for their mother.”

Prosecutors said that Huffman was exploring paying Singer, who orchestrated the nationwide bribery scheme, additional funds to get SAT tests for her younger daughter, Georgia Grace Macy, doctored but ultimately opted not to do so.

Felicity Huffman (L) and William H. Macy attend The Hollywood Reporter
Felicity Huffman (L) and William H. Macy attend The Hollywood Reporter and SAG-AFTRA Inaugural Emmy Nominees Night, Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sept. 14, 2017. (Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Huffman said in a public statement announcing her guilty plea that Sophia “know absolutely nothing” about what transpired.

“I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” she said in a statement at the time.

“I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues, and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”