Quote: "I was really excited, you know. A lot of people thought it was just for me, but I really inspired a lot of people to go get their education... because it's really important. My mother was really happy, she said, 'You know, this is the only day you never skipped... never ditched class! You showed up to get your diploma.'" Comedian Mike Epps wanted to make his mother proud by finally obtaining his high school diploma. The Friday star hit the books at Arsenal Tech High School in his native Indiana last year (15) and graduated as part of the Class of 2016 in May (16).