Drake dedicated his high school diploma to his mother
The 25-year-old Canadian rapper - who dropped out of school 10 years ago - received his highschooldiploma earlier this month after months of hard work and paid tribute to his mother in an emotional speech. He said: "I can honestly say that, this piece of paper, I`d like to dedicate to my mother, because she`s a retired teacher and always wanted me to graduate. And I think I`ll sleep a little better tonight knowing that I found a way to follow through."
Drake - who dropped out when he was just one credit short of graduating at the age of 15 to pursue a role on the Canadian teen drama series `Degrassi: The Next Generation` - also gave some advice to his fellow graduating class and revealed how happy he was to have finally gotten his diploma.
He said: "It`s not necessarily about the books that you`ll read or the science or math equations that you`ll do, because you may end up taking a path in life where a lot of the things that you`ll learn you can`t necessarily fully apply. What this is about today, for all of you, is about the art of following through."
"I reached a point in my life where I saw that there aren`t material things that can give me the excitement that I`m looking for. There`s a void, a gap in my life that I needed to fill. It was the fact that I had left a gaping whole in my story following through."