updated 06/08/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/08/2012 AT 10:30 AM ET
American Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery can add another title to his credentials – high school graduate.
McCreery, 18, graduated from North Carolina’s Garner Magnet High School Thursday, walking across the stage with his 400 or so classmates in Raleigh, N.C., to collect his diploma.
The singer had flown in from Nashville to attend the ceremony, after taking home the trophy for breakthrough video of the year at the CMT Awards the night before.
“The year has gone so fast,” McCreery told PEOPLE on the red carpet before the awards show. “I’m glad it worked out that I could do both [school and music]. It was important to me and my family. Graduation is a big milestone, and it’s going to be a little bittersweet.”
“It was a good four years for me in high school,” he says.