At age 25, rapper Drake has completed high school.
While he was touring the United States and England over the summer and doing various performances over the past few months, the “Thank Me Later” artist was also studying and the taking course work necessary to be considered a high school graduate with his teacher, Kim Janzen.
Janzen teaches at Vaughan Road Academy in Ontario, Canada, Drake’s hometown.
Drake dropped out of school to star on the hit show “Degrassi” in Canada.
"At one point in my life, I was a kid who was lost," he told San Francisco radio station KMEL back in 2010. "I knew I wanted to do music, but, I dropped out of high school against my mother's wishes."
Drake says that he was inspired to go back to school after being a guest coach in 2009 for a scrimmage at the University of Kentucky after being invited by their coach, John Calipari. Drake and the team bonded, and he revealed to Kentucky Sports Television, “I actually dropped out of high school, which I don't know if a lot of people know that. But I dropped out of high school.
I never got like a great school experience, and when Coach Cal asked me to come here for the first Midnight Madness it just really gave me a sense of school, a sense of love, a sense of belonging to something. So that's why I feel like I belong to the UK family, and that's why I'm graduating from high school this month. So, I'm actually inspired by UK, inspired by these boys right here."
Drake completed his mission this week, and tweeted to his followers, “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!”
He then tweeted, “Thank you to my teacher Kim Janzen for spending the last 5 months working tirelessly with me!! OVO SOUND.”
Drake is not the only rapper who dropped out of high school before returning to get their diploma. Drake’s Youung Money label-mate Lil’ Wayne also dropped out of high school at the age of 14, before returning to attain his GED and then attending the University of Houston.
Amethyst Tate graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology. During her time at IBT, her articles have been sourced by various...