Wahlberg during a visit to Alexandria’s T.C. Williams High School last fall. (Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post)


“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.”


— The movie star himself announcing in a Huffington Post essay that he finally got that diploma this summer at age 42, after a year of online coursework. The ninth-grade dropout has done pretty well for himself but has since made a crusade of encouraging kids to stay in school.

Read the full thing: Winning My Toughest Role Yet: High School Grad

Earlier: Mark Wahlberg to Alexandria students: Stay in school, 4/24/13

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