'New Edition's' Mike Bivins proudly wears graduation cap & gown after receiving honorary diploma

Monica Otayza
Jun 11, 2018
11:25 A.M.

Michael Bivins headed back to Belmont High School's stage donning a graduation toga and cap to receive his honorary degree.


As a young teen, Bivins began pursuing a music career and dropped out of school during his sophomore year. However, prior to his career, he took the local bus from Roxbury, MA to Belmont just to study. He was a student of the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) program, which aimed to increase diversity and reduce racial isolation in schools.

Dressed in the usual high school graduation attire, Bivins walked across the stage to claim his honorary diploma from the class of 1986.


"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."

The "One More Day" singer was surrounded by his proud family and school officials during his graduation. The former METCO coordinator Thelma Burns recalls how Mike always remembered how important his education was, although he decided to pursue music and take a risk.


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

Now a proud graduate, Mike Bivins shared the special day on Instagram for his fans to see. He made sure to thank everyone for their support.

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

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