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Drake Graduates From High School

The Toronto-born rapper couldn’t be happier

By: Ashley Baylen
Published: October 18th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News
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Drake had to drop out of high school as a teenager to join the cast of Degrassi: The Next Generation. On Wednesday night, the actor-turned-rapper announced that he is officially a high-school graduate.

“97% on my final exam, 88% in the course. One of the greatest feelings in my life. As of tonight I have graduated high school,” Drake tweeted.

“Thank you to my teacher Kim Janzen for spending 5 months working tirelessly with me!!,” he continued.

Janzen, a teacher at Vaughan Road Academy in Toronto, has been helping Drake study since the end of his tour earlier this year. She has helped him complete all the work necessary to obtain enough high school credits for a GED.

During the summer, Drake spoke with Toronto’s alt weekly, NOW Magazine, about his intention to dedicate the majority of his summer to schoolwork.

“I’m actually spending my summer graduating high school… That’s my main focus. I only have one credit left, and I’m really excited about that,” Drake said in August.

When Drake joined the cast of Degrassi, he claims to have done it to help support his family, although “a season of Canadian TV is under a teacher’s salary. Still, every little bit helped.”

“My mother was very sick. We were poor, like broke… The only money I had coming in was from Canadian TV, which isn’t that much money when you break it down.”

Fortunately, Drake does not need to work about money anymore. After two multi-platinum studio albums and sold out world tours, I think the Young Money rapper’s family is doing alright these days.

And congrats to Drake for completing high school, and understanding the importance of receiving an education.

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