CORRECTION APPENDED: Oct. 19, 2012
The star who raps, “money over everything, money on my mind” on his song “Headlines” shifted his priorities long enough to earn his high school diploma.
In early August, 25-year-old Aubrey Graham — better known as R&B star Drake — told NOW Magazine that he would return to school. As a teen, he attended Toronto’s Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, but he dropped out to take the role of paralyzed basketball player Jimmy Brooks in Degrassi: The Next Generation, MTV reported.
“I’m actually spending my summer graduating high school,” Drake said in the interview. “I only have one credit left, and I’m really excited about that.”
Two months later, the artist tweeted that he has completed his GED, which involved studying with Kim Janzen, a teacher at Vaughan Road Academy in Ontario, Canada, Us Weekly reported.
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!
Drizzy posted again to his Twitter following his initial announcement to show his appreciation to Janzen, tweeting, “Thank you to my teacher Kim Janzen for spending the last 5 months working tirelessly with me!!”
Drake isn’t the only star who has returned to school recently. In May, ESPN reported that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger — who left school just four credits shy of graduation to enter the 2004 NFL draft — finally got his diploma from Miami University in Ohio at age 30.
A previous version of this article erroneously referred to Drake as an “athlete.” He merely played one on TV.