Ten years ago, Drake dropped out of high school in order to attend the fictional Degrassi High. But he spent the summer hunkered down to finish his degree, and earlier this month he passed the final exam that stood between him and his diploma. Not surprisingly, the star pupil was then called on to speak at his commencement ceremony. And boy, did he deliver with as earnest and honest a speech as we could have hoped for.
Drake used his time at the podium to thank the teachers who helped him and his uncle for inspiring, and to dedicate his brand spanking new diploma to his mother, a retired high school teacher herself. “It’s not about the popular kids, it’s not about the kids that don’t feel as popular, because all that changes in life,” and then being ever earnest as he is, he impressed upon the smartphone baring audience the importance of following through:
I reached a point in my life where I realized there aren’t material things that can give me the excitement that I’m looking for. There’s a void in my life that I need to fill and I need to sit and think long and hard what that was. It was the fact that I had left a gaping hole in my story of following through …
Sometimes 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 of the experiences you went through are the reason that you are who you are today.
And so, from a hurricane blown and rain drenched New York, we say to you Drake: we’re so, we’re so, we’re so proud of you.
Watch Drake’s Graduation Speech [Stereogum]