Hip-hop star Drake surprises Miami students, films video at school

Music and television star also visited the University of Miami

MIAMI – Students that called in sick Monday to one South Florida school missed a surprise that had kids begging to stay after the final bell.

Hip-hop superstar Drake paid a visit to Miami Senior High School to film a video for his new hit single "God's Plan," and let the students appear as extras.

Drake filmed parts of the video in the school halls and on the field atop a hydraulic crane, all with students alongside or behind him. 

"I hope you go on to do incredible things," Drake told the students.

The students quickly flooded social media with video and photos of Drake.

"We saw him come in a firetruck and everybody saw his beard. So everyone knew it was him," student Bernard Marshall said. "I put it on Snapchat!"

But his appearance on campus wasn't the only surprise of the day. Before leaving the school, Drake donated $25,000 to the school and announced that all students will be supplied with uniforms designed by the star himself.

"That showed that our school was coming up" student Devenson Cadet said. "It's a good thing. It's a good sign."

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Shortly after leaving the high school, Drake appeared on the campus of the University of Miami to surprise a student with a $50,000 scholarship. The Miami Hurricane shared a video of students crowded outside the Shalala Student Center to get a glimpse of the music and television star.

Wining student Destiny Paris James said she thought she was filming a video Monday to encourage scholarship donors. The giant check and the pop star left her grinning from ear to ear.

"This was the surprise the whole time. Drake told me that he has read great things about me and appreciates how hard I've worked through so many trials and decided to give me $50K for my tuition," James wrote on Facebook. "Thank you so much! You don't understand what this means to me!"