Drake finally earned his high school diploma last week after dropping out of school at the age of 15 to star in the Canadian TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation. “One of the greatest feelings in my entire life,” he tweeted last Friday. “As of tonight I have graduated high school!” To mark the occasion, the 26-year-old rapper delivered the commencement address at Jarvis Collegiate Institute in Toronto, sharing the lessons he’d learned about follow-through with his fellow graduates.
“I reached a point in my life where I realized there aren’t material things that can give me the excitement that I’m looking for,” he told his cheering peers. “There’s a void in my life that I need to fill and I need to sit and think long and hard what that was. It was the fact that I had left a gaping hole in my story of following through.”
He concluded the speech by dedicating his new diploma to his mother, “because she’s a retired teacher and always wanted me to graduate,” he said. “I think I’ll sleep a little better tonight knowing that I found a way to follow through.”