Man overcomes adversity to finally graduate college

5:20 PM, Dec 18, 2013   |    comments
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BOILING SPRINGS, North Carolina (WCNC) -- Monday was the day John Barber has waited for since he was 10-years-old. It's the day he graduated from college-- something the once-homeless man often wondered about.

He walked across the stage at the 107th Commencement program at Gardner Webb University and received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.

"I knew I wanted to do this, but at times it was difficult" he said. "This is a dream come true, but I'm not done."

Barber has dealt with a lot of hurdles in his 35 years of life. As a child, his father was killed, and his mother lost her house and was forced to live in the family station wagon. She would drive around to different neighborhoods every day, and Barber said he didn't know how bad things were for his mother because he was so young.

"I thought it was a game, we tried to make the best of things."

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