‘Homeless valedictorian’ graduates

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (WTLV) – Griffin Furlong, lovingly known in social media as the “homeless valedictorian,” graduated at ceremonies that started at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Furlong graduated at the top of his class with a 4.65 grade point average at First Coast High and during his valedictorian speech he shared his past.

Furlong knows something about challenge and success with his plight of being homeless and an academic achiever getting national attention.

“I woke up the other day and saw myself on national television,” said Furlong who shared his story with First Coast News two weeks ago and since then it has generated a lot of interest.

Furlong lost his mother to cancer at a young age and lived in a homeless shelter for two years. He says his life has been all about bouncing around now living with his grandmother now after having lived briefly with the parents of his girlfriend.

Furlong shared his story of being homeless with the 500-plus graduate of First Coast High, most who knew little of his struggles to get to this point. He was in a homeless shelter when he was 7 years old and was there for two years.

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