Drake Graduates from High School

Aubrey Drake Graham, the extraordinarily successful recording artist and actor known as mononymily as Drake, has a net worth estimated to be $25 million. Yet, at 25 years old, he never managed to graduate high school. This is somewhat understandable, as he had to focus on starring in Degrassi: The Next Generation to support his family. Not soon after his graduation (from Degrassi High), he broke out in the recording industry with the So Far Gone EP. From there it was a hop, skip, and jump to superstardom. Approaching his 26th birthday, Drake has now graduated high school (real, Canadian high school), according to his Twitter feed last night.

Of course, it forces us to ask: why? The star system discourages potential celebrities from undergoing the tedium of their average teen years, and it can handsomely rewards those that do (see: Exhibit A, above). Is not the purpose of high school, after all, to gain the skill set to be a successful member of society? Drake accomplished this without school. It is not as though we stop maturing or learning immediately when we quit school—those determined to learn will do so regardless, particularly if they have the financial resources to back them up. I don’t believe an entertainer, particularly, will learn to manage his wealth/stardom any better after completing, e.g., a high school economics class, anyway.

Regardless, kudos to Drake for his accomplishment. Let’s hope he crafts a video as amazing as “HYFR” to celebrate his other rite of adulthood.

FYI, other famous high school non-graduates (of many—and with many reasons for doing so) include: Quentin Tarantino, Richard Branson, Chris Rock, and Andrew Carnegie.

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