Mark Wahlberg to finish high school

Looks like the ex-underwear model, rapper, and actor is about to become a student. Boogie Nights star Mark Wahlberg dropped out of high school in the ninth grade after getting arrested but now he’s finally gearing up to get his high school diploma. The actor revealed the announcement Monday night on the Late Show with David Letterman. He said, “It’s an actual diploma, I’ve got to take up all the courses that I missed and I’m a little nervous.” The actor recently enrolled in a New Orleans-based online education program. Wahlberg says he hopes to “just blast through it, hopefully do it within six to eight months,” as he has some downtime from filming at the moment. The 41-year-old Ted actor is currently an ambassador for Taco Bell’s Graduate to Go program, and heading back to school definitely shows the value he places on education. ~Stacy Raivich

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  1. Carrie Forrester • June 14, 2012 @ 10:05 AM

    Good for him. You are never too old to go back to High School. The year I graduated from High School, my own father went for his GED and we graduated together. It was a proud moment for both of us.

  2. Yvonne • June 14, 2012 @ 10:47 AM

    grade 9? no wonder he talked dumb!!! it’s about time for him to go back to school to get educated!!

  3. Missy • June 14, 2012 @ 10:57 AM

    “No wonder he talked dumb?” Is that a joke? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

  4. 123 • June 14, 2012 @ 12:52 PM

    LOL… to yvonne & Missy…

    but I think it’s always good to finish your education if you can!

  5. Russell • June 14, 2012 @ 2:21 PM

    So sad that this guy never even got through the ninth grade but he’s got more money than most of us will evre even see in our lifetime

  6. Snooze • June 14, 2012 @ 2:23 PM

    Once a dropout always a dropout!!

  7. Wendy • June 14, 2012 @ 3:29 PM

    Not so….once he finishes his diploma he will no longer be a dropout. Good for you Mark…you are being a great example these days.

  8. LuvMyVamps! • June 14, 2012 @ 6:26 PM

    LOL! @ yvonne… I always’ thought so too!

  9. Sandra • June 14, 2012 @ 9:44 PM

    Truly surprising/shocking that he had been arrested and only had grade 9! With the fame and fortune he’s amassed, beyond what most people will ever see, he certainly didn’t HAVE to go back to high school, but is doing it to be a good example for kids.
    This guy is no dummy!

  10. Olive • June 15, 2012 @ 12:43 AM

    Good for him! Although, I dont know why he would to go back to the hell known as high school? Just me wondering this?

  11. Marlene Joly • June 15, 2012 @ 9:27 AM

    I to did not finish high school and succeeded in life but Mark all the more power to you for setting an example for the kids of today to finish school. I am retired now with my little jewelry business and love your movies. I salute your initiative and applaud anyone in Hollywood who sets an example for kids. I have three grandchildren who are watching the stars and you are definately a good example of someone who has worked hard and continues to do so in a positive manner. Way to go. I also watch brother Donnie every week to. Keep up the good work!

  12. 123 • June 15, 2012 @ 10:15 AM

    @Marlene Joly

    still not too late for you to get a diploma too 🙂 Do it online like Marky Mark :)I think it will be awesome!!

  13. karen • June 15, 2012 @ 10:17 AM

    Good for you Missy.It takes a lot of courage to go back and finish school at his age.Good for him and I wish him nothing but the best.People are so judgemental of other people they don’t even know.That’s really sad and not true once a dropout always a dropout.He is making sure of that.Good luck to him and he is an inspiration to the younger generation including his own children.

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