‘Glee’ Star Naya Rivera Will Graduate With Colfer, Michele & Monteith: ‘It’s Bittersweet’

After all of the recent hullabaloo surrounding the impending exit of “Glee’s” Chris Colfer, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith, whose characters are all seniors, it appears Naya Rivera will also be saying goodbye to McKinley High.

“I’m a senior. I guess that means I’m graduating. That’s what happens when you’re a senior! I don’t think it’s a thing,” Naya, who plays the sassy Santana Lopez on the FOX hit, told E! at a TCA party for the network in Pacific Palisades on Friday. “It’s like, what is it when you’re in high school? You’re a senior, you graduate. Yes, I’m graduating this year.”

Though the actress seems to have come to terms with her character’s logical departure, Naya said the experience “will always be bittersweet.”

“[‘Glee’] is like our baby and we’ve been with it since the beginning and it’s always sad,” she said. “It’s literally like the feeling of being in high school. It’s bittersweet, but it happens. That’s what you do. I’ve had a great run and hopefully it continues.”

Showrunner Ryan Murphy has hinted that a spin-off show could be in the works for the graduating seniors, but Naya isn’t quite sure her feisty character will prove to be the collegiate type.

“Hopefully she gets into some type of college, but I think she’s going to be a hot mess in college,” she said.

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