Drake (pictured) is a rapper, actor, and multimillionaire who can now add to his list of accomplishments that he is a high school grad! The 25-year-old performer finally achieved his long-awaited goal of completing high school 10 years after dropping out, reports E! Online.
Over the last five months, Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Graham, has been toiling away at trying to balance his hectic work schedule with studying in order to get his diploma.
Drake dropped out of the famed Vaughan Road Academy in Toronto, where luminaries such as actress Neve Campbell, Monte Kwinter (member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario), and Dr. Arthur Leonard Schawlow (Nobel Laureate and research scientist) have graduated.
The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated recording artist wanted to pursue the arts, so at 15 he landed a role on the Canadian TV show “Degrassi: The Next Generation” in lieu of continuing his studies. Drake’s mother, Sandi, who is an educator, was heartbroken at her son’s decision to walk away from his studies at such a young age and always wanted him to complete his education.
“At one point in my life, I was a kid who was lost,” Drake told San Francisco radio station 106 KMEL. “I knew I wanted to do music, but I dropped out of high school against my mother’s wishes.”
Drake talks about the fact that he never graduated from high school in songs like “Crew Love,” where he raps, “I guess we’ll never know what Harvard gets us/But seeing my family have it all/ Took the place of that desire for diplomas on the wall.”
On Wednesday, elated at his latest accomplishment, Drake tweeted his good news to his 9 million-plus fans on Twitter:
DrizzyVerified @Drake 11h
97% on my final exam. 88% in the course. One of the greatest feelings in my entire life. As of tonight I have graduated high school!