Without finishing high school or obtaining a degree, Drake has been able to acquire the money and success that most people could only dream of, however, he is now on a mission to promote the importance of education. On Friday night, at the age of 26, he finally received his high school diploma while attending a graduation ceremony at the Jarvis Collegiate Institute in Toronto.
During his moving speech, he revealed that his decision to go back to school was influenced by his uncle who taught him the importance of following through, as well as a huge void that needed to be filled in his life. He told the students:
I was one of those students that, despite the incredible support and despite the incredible knowledge and the incredible love that [my high school teacher] would show me every single day, I still managed to fight this education system and say, ‘it wasn’t for me’. I wanna let you know today as I stand in front of you that, I get it. I get why this institution is in place for each and every one of us. It’s not necessarily about the books that you will read or the science or the math equations that you will do because you may end up taking a path in life where the things that you have learned, you can’t necessarily fully apply and that’s okay. It’s not about the popular kids and the kids that don’t feel as popular because all of that changes. I promise you, I’m 26 years old and all of that changes.
What this is about, today, for all of you, is the art of following through and that is one of the most important life lessons that my uncle has taught me. It’s about teaching the art of following through and I want to say that I’m so proud of you because there are different ways to follow through. Tonight you followed through with a straight shot and for that, you should give yourself a round of applause.
For me, my follow through was different. I had to double back. I reached a point in my life where I realized that there aren’t material things that could give me the excitement that I’m looking for. There’s a void, there is a gap in my life that I need to fill and I needed to sit long and hard to think about what that was. And it was the fact that I had left a gaping hole in my story of following through. So for five months, we talked back and forth on emails, we worked, I wrote papers, I studied for an exam, and we figured out how I could close my chapter of following through.
What I want to tell you today that it’s about going there, not getting there. Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination. And sometimes when you get there, you’ll look back and you’ll realize that you wish you could go there again because all the experiences are the reason that you are who you are today. I want you all to give a round of applause for yourselves for getting there.