Ten years after dropping out of high school, Canadian rapper Drake has finally earned his diploma at the age of 25. He scored a 97 percent on his last test, and an 88 percent overall in the course, completing his graduation requirements. “One of the greatest feelings in my entire life. As of tonight I have graduated high school!” he announced via Twitter on Wednesday night. He also thanked his teacher, Kim Janzen, “for spending the last 5 months working tirelessly with me!!”
Drake left his academic career for an acting one, after earning the role of Jimmy Brooks in the Canadian teen drama “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” He spent seven seasons playing the basketball star that later becomes disabled, and even graduated on screen in 2009. Before starting his entertainment career, Drake, also known as Aubrey Graham, attended Vaughan Road Academy, where Janzen is employed, and the Forest Hill Collegiate Institute.
“I actually dropped out of high school, which I don’t know if a lot of people know that,” Drake told Kentucky Sports Television during a visit to the school for an alumni basketball game. “But I dropped out of high school; I never really got like a great school experience.”
The Toronto native launched his music career after leaving Degrassi, and has become one of hip hop’s biggest names, frequently working alongside stars like Lil Wayne, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj under the Cash Money and Young Money labels. Years later, Drake has taken the time to let his life outside the spotlight catch up. Aubrey Graham can now add a high school diploma to his list of achievements.