10/27/2012 11:02 EDT | Updated 10/27/2012 11:07 EDT

Drake's Graduation Speech: Rapper-Actor Speaks After Receiving High School Diploma At Jarvis Collegiate Institute In Toronto

Drake celebrated his recent high school graduation by picking up his diploma, and delivering a commencement speech at Toronto's Jarvis Collegiate Institute on Friday.

Though the artist formerly known as Aubrey Graham did not attend the school, he still had plenty of advice for the class of 2012.

"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," said Drake, to an auditorium full of cheering graduates. "There’s 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."

Drake, 26, dropped out of high school at age 15 to play Jimmy Brooks on 'Degrassi: The Next Generation.' The Toronto-born 'HYFR' singer spent the summer in the city to finish his remaining class credits. Last Friday, he took to Twitter and wrote, "As of tonight I have graduated high school!" which he said was, "One of the greatest feelings in my entire life."

But it was his commencement message about follow-through, which he calls "one of the most important life lessons," that struck the biggest chord with the crowd during his surprise address.

"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," said Drake.

“Sometimes it’s about going there, not getting there. ... Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.”

The rapper-actor ended his speech by giving his mother, a retired teacher, a shout-out, saying that she "always wanted me to graduate."

Way to make us proud, Drake. Congratulations, Drizzy!

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