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Drake, 25-year-old rapper born Aubrey Graham, dropped out of high school at the age of 15 to pursue an acting career, but most recently returned to high school where he completed his education.
The rapper is a native of Toronto, Canada who was featured on the Canadian television show Degrassi: The Next Generation where he played Jimmy Brooks. However, instead of going back to continue his high school education when his character graduated on the show and was written off, Drake decided to pursue his rap career.
Three years ago, he signed a record deal with rapper Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment where his first album "Thank Me Later" debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts. Despite the success of Drake's rap career, the entertainer let over 9 million fans know that he completed his high school education on Wednesday.
"97 percent on my final exam. 88 percent in the course," the rapper tweeted to his fans. "One of the greatest feelings in my entire life. As of tonight I have graduated high school!"
Fans of the singer took to the social networking website to offer their congratulations.
"Proud of you," one fan tweeted. "I hope this inspires more to do the same."
Even people who are not fans of the rapper's music offered him kind words.
"Congratulations I don't even like your music but I respect that," another person tweeted.
Drake is not the only Canadian entertainer to graduate high school this year. Justin Bieber, 18-year-old Canadian crooner, spoke with British publication The Telegraph about graduating high school earlier this year.
"I just finished high school," Bieber said in the interview last spring. "I passed my test – I'm free! It was hard doing school and work every day."
Although Bieber is a chart-topping pop star who has graced the pages of Forbes Magazine, he spoke about the importance of accomplishing the feat for his mother.
"That was something my mom really wanted me to do, so I had to do it for her," Bieber told The Telegraph. "I mean, this kind of lifestyle has given me a different perspective on life."
Drake seemed elated that he joined Bieber in accomplishing the feat and made sure to thank his teacher in front of over 9 million fans on Twitter.
"Thank you to my teacher Kim Janzen for spending the last 5 months working tirelessly with me," he exclaimed on the social networking website.