McKagan, who also featured in bands such as Velvet Revolver and Duff McKagan’s Loaded has been handed his honorary diploma after returning to studying after a 30 year gap year.
The Musician dropped out of high school in year 10 and was fortunate enough to have his plan A, rock ‘n’ roll, take off. Though in lieu of starting his own company, Meridian Rock, the musician, buckled down and hit the books to study for the General Educational Development (GED) tests. While that is not as substantial as the SATs, it is, however, according to Blabbermouth, well respected by employers “as an alternative to a traditional high school diploma from an accredited high school”.
McKagan gave a speech at his recent graduation, which took place at Roosevelt High School, Seattle. MaKagan has said of the occasion: “It took me twice as long as an 18 or 19-year-old just out of high school to do the homework, but I got through it”. His company, Meridian Rock, has a business model based around helping musicians understand where the money is going and coming from, something many rock stars would have benefited from back in the day.
Announcing his achievement via Twitter, the rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Famer has received loads of praise from peers and fans alike. Aerosmith Guitarist Joe Perry is one of them: “Congratulations to Duff McKagan from me and [wife] Billie Perry on your long-awaited diploma”.
Props to McKagan who not only did it on his own terms, but also still has enough of a brain left to get it done!
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) June 20, 2012