Drake Delivers A Moving Graduation Speech: “I Had Left A Gaping Hole In My Story”
Drake took care of a promise he made to his mother a long time ago when he graduated from Toronto, Canada’s Jarvis Collegiate Institute on October 26.
The rapper, who dropped out of school when he was only 15 to take on a starring role in Degrassi: The Next Generation, nabbed his diploma and marked the special occasion with a poignant commencement speech.
“I was one of those students that, despite the incredible support and despite the incredible knowledge and the incredible love of my teacher Kim Janzen, who assisted me with this graduation…I still managed to fight this education system and tell myself that it wasn’t for me,” Drake said. “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 [was] a void in my life that I need to fill and I need to sit and think long and hard [about] what that was. It was the fact that I had left a gaping hole in my story of following through.”
The Young Money star, who turned 26 last week, then took a moment to thank his mother for all of her support before addressing the crowd.
“There are many different ways of following through, and tonight, you followed through with a straight shot, and for that, you should give yourself a round of applause,” the rapper said. “Sometimes it’s about going there, not getting there. Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.”
Watch Drake inspire the Class of 2012 below.