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New Edition’s Michael Bivins receives honorary high school diploma at age 49


Marcus Ingram/WireImageNew Edition‘s Michael Bivins just proved that it’s never too late to receive your high school diploma: He received an honorary degree on Thursday from his alma mater.

The 49-year old rapper/singer posted a photo on Instagram of himself wearing a maroon cap and gown, holding a basketball and his diploma from Belmont High School in Belmont, Massachusetts.

He commented, “Thank You God for all you do in my life and my family, friends & fans who hold me down aka Cap & Gown #BelmontHighSchool #Class1986 #2018 #Bivfam #MLB50th God Bless.”

In 1985, a 15-year-old Bivens left high school in his sophomore year, just before New Edition released its self-titled second album. Now, 34 years later, he’s very proud to be recognized by his school.

The day before the ceremony, Michael posted an Instagram video of himself touring his high school campus with the comment, “Graduation Week: Drop off and had to learn how they did it out here Belmont, Mass and brought the info back to OP #metcokid #elementary #Middle#Highschool #Class1986.” 

Bivens also posted a photo of himself with the logo of high school basketball team, the Belmont High School Marauders. It read, “Congratulations to Michael L. Bivens Class of 1986 on receiving his honorary diploma from Belmont High School, June 7, 2018.”

The photo includes his quote, “I’ve seen a lot of things, but this affects me more than anything.”

Biv also commented, “It feels good to go back in time and make my Mama proud #Class1986 #10thgradedropout #617 #OP#2018 #32 God Bless @teashabivins#lilsupremes #bivfam”  

The five-time American Music Award-winner was a star basketball player in high school, and in 2016, a basketball court was named after him in his hometown of Roxbury, Massachusetts.

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