Cory Monteith Talks ‘Glee’ Graduation

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The day that fans of "Glee," aka Gleeks, have been waiting for (or maybe dreading) is quickly approaching: McKinley High's graduation. Of course, this means that the characters played by Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, and Chris Colfer will be leaving New Directions. Monteith, who in the grand tradition of much-older actors playing high school students will actually turn 30 on May 12, recently spoke to "Access Hollywood" about the soon-to-be filmed episode in which he'll don a cap and gown. The graduation ceremony will be particularly special to Monteith, because as a teen, he struggled with drugs and ultimately quit school. "It's surreal having never worn [a cap and gown] beforehand," Monteith said, adding that he and the other graduates will definitely return to "Glee" next season.

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Monteith eventually received a high school diploma from an alternative school in 2011, but it's not a path he'd recommend. "I don't want kids to think it's okay to drop out of school and get high, and they'll be famous actors, too," he told Parade. "But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it. If I can, anyone can."

Are you excited for the "Glee" graduation?

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