Drake gives high school graduation speech in Canada

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Drake has given a speech at his graduation ceremony after the rapper recently earned his high school diploma.

He spoke to students at Toronto's Jarvis Collegiate Institute about the importance of "following through".

The 26-year-old returned to high school after originally dropping out when he was 15.

Drake ended his speech by dedicating his diploma to his mother, a retired teacher.

He also explained to the audience why he had chosen to go back to school.

"I reached a point in my life where I realised there aren't material things that can give me the excitement that I'm looking for," he said.

"There's a void, a gap, 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 worked for five months and had to write essays and do an exam to finally complete his diploma.

When he got his marks last week, he tweeted: "97% on my final exam. 88% in the course. One of the greatest feelings in my entire life. As of tonight I have graduated high school!"

The Canadian rapper has sold an estimated five million albums worldwide and, along with Rihanna, recently received the most nominations at this year's MTV Awards.

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