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Today is 12.05.2016

Homeless Student Graduates | Atlanta , Georgia | WLTZ 38 NBC News

An Atlanta high school graduate is thanking his teachers and friends for helping him get through school.

He’s been homeless for the past years but now has a bright future ahead.

Sunday morning at Booker T Washington High School and hundreds seniors are lining up for an academic awards ceremony.

All these students are smart and special, but maybe none more so than Fred Dukes.

With a 3.0 GPA and an award for scoring a 24 on his act, he’s plenty smart and he accomplished all that despite being homeless and without family support.

Duke said, “Very proud I stuck with it. I didn’t give up.”

Fred stayed behind when his step mom moved back to South Carolina for a job. But that meant going it alone and staying with whatever friend he could.

But last Christmas things hit rock bottom. He ended up staying at a homeless shelter downtown and nearly lost everything.

“I had got into an altercation with a couple other people that were here saying they wanted to take my stuff, my belongings,” Duke explained.

Fred sold candy in the hallways of school to make money, until he was caught. So, he went to meet a friend for a job and even that went bad.

Fred’s meeting went a little longer than expected and as a result he missed the last train from Lindbergh station. With no money for a cab and no one to call, he did the only thing he could do. He walked to Oakland City in southwest Atlanta. He started at midnight and arrived at 3:30 in the morning.

He traveled 10 dangerous miles.