Drake may not have been valedictorian of his high school, but that doesn't mean he didn't give a graduation speech.
The 26-year-old "Thank You" rapper, who got his high school diploma earlier this month, was able to take part in a real graduating class when he delivered the commencement address at Toronto's Jarvis Collegiate Institute on Friday.
"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," he said to cheers from the crowd, according to Rolling Stone. "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."
Drake dedicated his diploma to his mom, a retired teacher who always hoped her son would graduate, despite the fact that he dropped out of Vaughan Road Academy at 15 to star as Jimmy Brooks on "Degrassi: The Next Generation."
"I think I'll sleep a little better tonight knowing that I found a way to follow through," Drake concluded.
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On hand to support Drizzy was University of Kentucky Basketball Coach John Calipari, who inspired the rapper to finish school in the first place. He was photographed giving the new graduate a game jersey and his school's recruiting video "if he wants to take this thing a step further."
The Toronto native officially graduated on the night of Oct. 17 after landing a spectacular 97% on his final exam.
"One of the greatest feelings in my entire life," he tweeted.