Mark Wahlberg had dropped out of school in 9th grade, and just this summer got his high school diploma. Not an honorary one - a real one. He took online classes to finish it up.
I remember reading, maybe a year ago, that he wanted to go back and finish his high school diploma for his kids. I am always impressed as all get out when people, who left school, go back, often decades later, and get their diploma or GED. IMO, takes a lot of courage.
A quote from the man himself:
How cool is that?I was able to do it because I knew I wasn't alone, that other teens and adults were going through the same thing I was in balancing work and family in order to better themselves. To those students struggling every day and - most importantly -- to those who are looking for a second chance, I have a message for you: never give up. Keep believing in yourselves and don't make small plans.
You are not alone. I can now look at my kids every day knowing that I didn't just do this for me -- I did it for them, and I did it for all the other teens and adults who have inspired me by their commitment to graduate.
If we don't live by example, then what do we live by? I am proud to re-introduce myself to you today as:
Mark Wahlberg - High School Graduating Class of 2013.