- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Mark Wahlberg penned a blog for the Huffington Post over the weekend, revealing he earned his high school diploma this summer, years after dropping out in 9th grade.

The 42-year-old said that though he grew up to be a very successful actor, most high-school dropouts aren’t so lucky.

“Compared with high school graduates, dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, in poor health, living in poverty or on public assistance,” Mr. Wahlberg wrote. “For me, this crisis isn’t just a national problem. It’s entirely personal.”

The actor wrote that he took classes for almost a year online and studied “any chance I could get.”

“It has been both humbling and challenging, but I’m happy to report that I am officially a high school graduate, having received my diploma this summer,” he said.

He continued to say the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation has partnered with the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens.

“Their Graduate for Más program empowers teens to make a personal commitment to graduate high school while providing the tools, support and community that high school students need to stay on track — resources I wish I had access to as a teen,” he wrote.

“We need everyone — families, leaders, and organizations — to step up and take responsibility for their communities’ educational futures,” Mr. Wahlberg concluded. “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.”



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