Mike Epps received global praise on Friday when he shared on his Instagram profile that he’d received his high school diploma from Arsenal Tech High School.
Epps got an early kickstart in his career, but didn’t complete his schooling. He started stand-up comedy as a teenager before landing a role on Def Comedy Jam in 1995.
The entertainer captioned an image of him and his proud mom Mary: “My mom said today one of her dreams came true. Finally got my high school diploma. From a class clown to becoming world renowned #nevergiveup#mikeepps #unclebuck #TechHS”
He addressed the students at the graduation ceremony, saying: “This is so emotional to me because I didn’t get a chance to graduate like this. Now that I’m 45 years old, my beautiful mama is sitting in the audience. She told me when I was younger, she said, ‘Mike, one day you’re gonna wish you’d got your education’. And I didn’t understand it.”
Epps’ mother, his eldest daughter Bria and granddaughter attended the ceremony to celebrate with him. Shortly afterwards, Bria shared a congratulatory messages on Twitter, saying:
Closer to home, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, is another star who completed his education later in life. He announced in 2011 that he’d be returning to school to complete matric. Mabuse said he hadn’t been able to finish his schooling before because of his music career.
In a previous interview with DESTINY, he said: “I wanted to show young people that it can never be too late to learn, and acquire knowledge and wisdom.”
After passing matric he went on to obtain a degree in anthropology from the University of South Africa. “I am fascinated by human behaviour, which is one of the reasons I chose this degree,” he said.
Mike Epps and grand daughter at his graduation