They say you're never too old to be a student, and it’s also true that you're never too old to graduate! Let’s throw our caps up in the air for Mark Wahlberg, who just graduated from high school at 42.
Mark dropped out of school in ninth grade, and last year he got together with the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens and Get Schooled for their Graduate for Más program. As part of the initiative, he asked teens to take a pledge to graduate from high school, and he took the pledge himself.
Mark wrote about his experience with the program for the Huffington Post, saying: “Through my work with Taco Bell, I was able to meet with teens in these communities across the country, who are overcoming extraordinary obstacles to graduating high school,” he said. “I've heard their stories — stories of family trouble, poverty and crime — yet I also hear strength from our nation's young people.”
He continued, “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.”
He and others like America Ferrera and Drake show it’s never too late to graduate, and Marky Mark is already talking about college, saying that he wants to go to University of Southern California and study film. We give him an A-plus for sticking to his work and getting that diploma!