Commencement season is wrapping up, and on Friday nine students graduated from the Georgia Academy for the Blind.
For many of the students it's been a long time coming.
"I never thought it was gonna happen cause people used to down me and I didn't. I use to let them get to me but now I just don't anymore. You keep going forward," said Anthony White.
"I had so many obstacles and I could have gave up a long time ago," added Brittany Thomas.
Habtamu Wilson has had obstacles too. Originally from Ethiopia, he was adopted in 2006, and started school at the academy a year later.
"Over there, there is a lot of people on the street begging for money, food, it's different. In a depressing way really. A really sad way," said Wilson.
Wilson said the academy will always hold a special place in his heart.
"These teachers, they give up their sweet time, they give up on their family time and come and help us to learn our education," he said.
Wilson plans to work at the Georgia Industries for the Blind and learn how to sew.
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