Yesha Callahan

Yolo Graduate! – Congrats To Drake For Graduating High School

Although he played a high school student on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Drake, actually dropped out of high school to play the role of “Wheelchair Jimmy”. Although he skyrocketed to fame, with his sing songy lyrics, Drake didn’t forget about completing his high school education. Yesterday, the 25 year old rapper, tweeted that he finally graduated high school.

Congratulations to Drake, but what’s next? Many people would probably say he really didn’t need to graduate from high school because he already has fame and fortune. But, does that really make a difference? I can appreciate the fact that Drake stuck to his goals of completing high school, because so many other celebrities haven’t.

Can Drake be considered a role model for other rappers that still haven’t completed high school. We all know fame and fortune isn’t guaranteed to last forever. The good enough degree, could open doors to furthering your education with a college degree and a second career. Only Drake knows what he’ll do in the realm of education since he’s an official high school graduate. Maybe one day you’ll see him screaming, “Yolo”, as he saunters across a stage during a college graduation.

  1. October 18, 2012 - Reply

    Drake is VERY intelligent! Back in the day, when he first came out as a rapper, his interviews were off the hook, I enjoyed them. I always used to ask, who the hell is this well spoken rapper, content was rich flavorful and just all types of dope? But now, lawwwwwwd! He done dumbed it down. But, for some reason his high school grad made me proud.

  2. October 18, 2012 - Reply

    I’m glad he went back maybe he’ll inspire these kiddies out here to stay in hs or to go back. I did see some backlash though on twitter, but I don’t understand why? This is great that he went back and decided to share with the public. I’d be scared for him and his followers if he shunned school. I’m always happy when I hear that athletes, celebrities and artists are going to school getting their diplomas or degrees. Tyra Banks at Harvard really floored me.

  3. October 18, 2012 - Reply

    In my family, none of the men of my generation or the one before have graduated high school. I believe if you cant handle high school, how can you handle the world – high school is a cake walk compared to paying bills, raising kids…dealing with adulthood’s everyday life.

    Congrats to Drake. Will this encourage others to finish school. No. But it’s quite impressive that he mastered his goal.

    • October 19, 2012 - Reply


      I’m glad that he finished school, but I don’t think it’s impressive. I think it’s kind of sad that black folks think finishing high school is a big deal whereas others just think it’s normal. Brains matter more than brawn nowadays. You almost can’t even get a job and support a family with just a high school diploma these days especially if you don’t know someone. Many of these jobs that men used to do are being outsourced or they’re being replaced by cheaper robots or cheaper illegal labor.

      This is something I think white people themselves have not even positioned themselves for. Asians are going after education with a vengeance, and black folks are patting a guy on the back for finishing high school. I’m glad he finished, but it shouldn’t be impressive.

      Jobs that men need to support a family require an education, and we aren’t positioning our kids to have these jobs.

  4. October 18, 2012 - Reply

    I read a story not long ago, I can’t remember where, but the article named several entertainers who dropped out of high school and did not get a GED and both Jay-Z and Beyonce were on the list. I am not really a fan of either but I thought they would have GED’s a long time ago considering the company they keep.

  5. October 18, 2012 - Reply

    beyonce got hers last year I believe… Several others like Nas, 50 Cent, and Mary J. Blige, don’t have them either I think. Although because they all have fame and fortune, I do believe that Drake being so excited that he received his is really great. I know Nas once said he regretted dropping out in middle school.

  6. October 18, 2012 - Reply

    I never realized so many didn’t graduate! In this day and age? It’s appalling! How are we as Black people going to convince young people to get an education when celebrities make it look like you don’t need one.. Make a hit record and drop outta schoool…. Glad that I have ALWAYS stressed to my kids the importance of education. No matter how much $$$ you make!

  7. October 18, 2012 - Reply

    Good for him, I believe no matter what you do and how successful you are in life nothing doesn’t beat the feeling of graduating and getting a diploma. Knowledge and education should always be sought and stressed whether you are an entertainer, educator, stay at home parent, etc.

  8. October 19, 2012 - Reply

    This is great, especially since he has influence, and is popular, among the sector of society that contemplates or decides to drop out of school.

    However, this fête is not impressive coming from someone like him. He was born into privileged being part Jewish, for one. Have you ever met an uneducated Jew, an unintellectual Jew? I haven’t…No, I haven’t. Even for the ones I’ve met who had no formal education, they come from a culture that fosters intellectual thought, mentor-ship, apprenticeship, skills mastery, self-teaching, etc… I’ve come across Jews who have excelled in careers, where the vast majority of those in them have or need degrees (in order to get their foot in the door or excel), without having formal (documented) education. Aside from that, ethnic Jews (white, Anglo- ethnic Jews, specifically) are the most prominent and wealthiest group on earth. They have connections for days and virtually run the entertainment industry.

    Secondly, on Drake’s father’s side, he was born into one of the, historically, largest, and prominent, African-descended families in America that, now, spans the globe. He had a full-range of connections at his disposal in landing opportunities for himself, unlike many others.

    It’s not that impressive, to me, coming from someone like him, but congrats, nonetheless. And I do hope that others are inspired to complete their own high school education as a result.

    • October 19, 2012 - Reply

      @Beautiful Mic

      “However, this fête is not impressive coming from someone like him. He was born into privileged being part Jewish, for one.”

      Wow, I hope you don’t stereotype everyone based on their religion, race, and so forth. Do you know this man’s story? I think you may want to research him a little more. He’s always talked about how hard it was coming form a single-parent home and how his dad abandoned him, so these so-called connections, more than likely didn’t exist for him because he wasn’t close to his dad’s side of the family (for all we know they probably didn’t like the fact that his dad was in an interracial relationship, who knows).

      • October 20, 2012 - Reply

        @Child, Please

        It’s not about religion or race, but cultural standard as it regards to education, social class and access.

        His dad’s side of the family are multi-generational african-americans of mixed ancestry. Interracial unions are common among them, and have been. Just because he wasn’t close to his dad doesn’t mean he didn’t know or wasn’t close to other relatives, even more distant ones.

  9. October 19, 2012 - Reply

    I hope he will get BA in the future too. Going to college is well worth the investment even if you don’t have a financial incentive, but rather an academic one and you can study whatever you want to. 🙂

  10. October 19, 2012 - Reply

    This is a great accomplishment for Drake. Proud of him and I hope he does continue his education as well.

  11. October 19, 2012 - Reply

    The bar has been set really low for congratulating a guy who only received his HS diploma. I might be in the minority but for me he doesn’t need to be congratulated. It’s about damn time. When I heard of his minor accomplishment my first reaction was “so what!” That is nothing to brag about. I think it’s pathetic.

    • October 20, 2012 - Reply


      In my family (both extended and intermediate), graduating high school was treated as a normal and mandatory thing. The kids received a boatload of ‘congratulations’ from relatives/family friends, maybe a little bit of cash with a card and/or a dinner at a local IHOP/Red Lobster’s. Our parents did not go ‘all out’ for the graduating kid(s). The parents did something fancy for us kids, when we graduated from college. But, as for graduating high school? Nope, with the exception of being able to eat the last cheddar bay biscuit.
      Now, I am being invited to attend graduation parties that are being held in banquet halls/hotels/nightclubs/restaurants for kids, who barely graduated from school due to their knuckle-head antics from all four years.

  12. October 20, 2012 - Reply

    If I didnt know any better I would think Drake was trying to be “black” with all this mess.

  13. October 20, 2012 - Reply

    I’m not overly impressed with doing what you were supposed to have done, but I do hope he jumps on the Ad Council’s new campaign to encourage people to get their GED. He may have made it into the tiny minority of people who get rich quick (and hopefully don’t get poor quicker), but the reality for over 95% of the population is employers are requiring more education for even the simplest of jobs. Had Drake not lucked out, he’d likely be struggling something mean without a diploma until now.

  14. October 20, 2012 - Reply

    I’m surprise that his mother and father allowed Drake to drop out of high school. I’m sure he could’ve still attend high school while pursuing with his acting career. He also could’ve been home-schooled by a tutor, when he was not needed on set.

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