Students overcome homelessness and other hardships on the way to earning their GEDs

Students overcome homelessness and other hardships on the way to earning their GEDs
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POSTED: Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 5:04pm

They all have different stories, but they all have the same problem - homelessness.

Still, they are all set to graduate together from Denver, Colorado's Urban Peak General Educational Development program with their GEDs.

"I get to walk across the stage, grab a certificate and say that I did it," Robert Haywood-James, 20-year-old graduate, said. "This is about to open up so much more opportunities for me. It's ridiculous."

Haywood-James is one of 60 students walking across the graduation stage Wednesday night. He faced homelessness after, he says, hanging out with the wrong crowd.

"After dropping out of high school, I really didn't have any intentions or motivation or nothing to go back to or nothing like that," Haywood-James said.

His classmates Million Anteneh and Mariela Weckler Rodriguez have similar stories. Rodriguez says she made bad choices when she was younger.

"I was a really bad kid and I was drinking and I focused on that," Rodriguez said.

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