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Michael Bivins Receives Honorary Diploma After Dropping Out of High School

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(L-R) New Edition members Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Michael Bivens. Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, and Bobby Brown arrive at the 21st Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 23, 2008, in Beverly Hills, California.
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*Congratulations to 49-year-old Michael Bivins of New EditionBell Biv DeVoe and RBRM fame for receiving his honorary high school diploma from Belmont High School in Belmont, Massachusetts.

The Boston native Bivins left school his sophomore year to pursue his music career.

In an interview with WHDH, the new dad said, “It’s never too late, don’t ever feel like you can’t go back fix something and do something again. As long as you have breath, you can go back and do the same thing and maybe it’ll have a different outcome.”

In attendance Thursday were Bivins’ wife and kids, mother and a former basketball teammate.

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“Don’t ever feel like you can’t go back, fix something and do something again,” Bivins said. He walked across the stage Thursday wearing a cap and gown and was presented with an honorary class of 1986 diploma, patch.com reports.

Thelma Burns, a former METCO coordinator, said Bivins never lost sight of his education, even after leaving the high school to tour with New Edition.

“You know, he had to leave school to do this musical thing but he always had education in the back of his mind,” she said.

Watch below as Bivens goes back to the place he once called home:

 

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