updated 06/13/2012 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/14/2012 AT 2:00 PM ET
Mark Wahlberg is an award-winning actor and producer, and he’s about to add a new title to his resume – high school graduate.
Wahlberg, 41, never finished high school when he was growing up in Boston because various run-ins with the law as a teenager landed him in jail rather than in a classroom.
“I quit kind of during the ninth grade,” Wahlberg told David Letterman on The Late Show Monday. “They’re going to give me whatever credits I already have, which is probably like one or two.”
But Wahlberg plans to earn his diploma through a new program in Massachusetts that offers high school courses online.