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Mark Wahlberg Gets High School Diploma At 42

Mark Wahlberg Gets High School Diploma At 42

By JACKIE WILLIS

September 17, 2013

It's never too late to get an education! Proof in point, Mark Wahlberg received his high school diploma this summer at the age of 42.

The father-of-four credits his kids to helping him finally graduate. "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 tells People of finishing his schooling this past June.

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The Pain & Gain star refers to his diploma as a "huge accomplishment," especially after dropping out in the ninth grade. "It's also a huge sense of relief," the Oscar nominee adds. "I wondered, 'Why didn't I do it when I was there?' It's so much harder at 41 going back and trying to do all these difficult tasks."

Wahlberg confesses that he hired a tutor during his shooting of Two Guns, but did not disclose this information to his co-star Denzel Washington. "Nobody knew, because I felt like I don't like to count my chickens before they hatch, so I didn't want to say that I was doing it until I actually finished it. What if I said I'm doing this and I didn't finish it?"

The actor says he isn't done with his education just yet. "I would love to go to USC and study film. I don't want to become a veterinarian or anything, [I want to study] things that further my career and broaden my horizon."

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