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Mark Wahlberg gets his high school diploma online at age 42

This is way smarter than making 'The Happening.'

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This is way smarter than making 'The Happening.'



Actor Mark Wahlberg has a big milestone to celebrate at age 42, announcing that he has finally earned his high school diploma. It's obviously an essential career move to add to his current net worth of $200 million.

Actually, Wahlberg told People he had a very selfish reason for it. "I didn't want the kids saying, 'You didn't do it, so why do I need it?' They are all wanting to do things in their future that require an education," he said. 

He wrote an essay about it on the Huffington Post, saying he had spent a year studying for an online diploma, which he received over the summer. He has been using the news to promote his work with the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, which is working with other groups to offer a high school education online.

I was able to do it because I knew I wasn't alone, that other teens and adults were going through the same thing I was in balancing work and family in order to better themselves," he wrote. "To those students struggling every day and - most importantly -- to those who are looking for a second chance, I have a message for you: never give up. Keep believing in yourselves and don't make small plans."

And remember, even if you make an embarrassingly bad hip-hop album after getting out of prison for blinding a man during a hate crime, there's still hope if you study hard and eat at Taco Bell.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 5:35pm]


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