College Graduate Overcomes Odds, Homelessness to Receive Degree

Kenneth Chancey maintained a 4.0 GPA towards his degree in political science.
1:50 | 05/10/15

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And finally tonight, for one college grad, it was a really long walk to the stage today, all the way from skid row. His dad spending the family's last $100 on the cap and gown. Here now, kendis Gibson on how education became this student's way off the streets. Kenneth chancy. Reporter: It took Kenneth chancey only seconds to cross the Loyola marymount university stage today, receiving his degree. Culmination of a much longer and, at times, seemingly impossible journey. This was it. This was home for two years. Reporter: At 15 years old, this is where chancey called home. A tiny 200-square foot room in a shelter he shared with his father and sister. The shelter in the heart of l.a.'s skid row. His daily walk to high school meant navigating through a sea of urban grime. We saw people urinating. Usage of drugs. Even fights early in the morning. Reporter: But this was a step up. Before that, chancey and his family living on the streets and forced to sleep on city buses. That was my lowest point, not having anywhere to go. And just saying, we're sleeping on the bus. Reporter: Despite the environment, CHAN S.E.C. Maintained a 4.0 grade point average while living at the mission, even joining the varsity track, football and swim teams. Earning a scholarship from local businessmen and the respect of many. Now, chance Y crossing that stage to pick up his political science degree. Congratulations. Thank you. Reporter: Celebrating completing four years in school and overcoming a life-long struggle. Yes, it was harder than most, but it's not impossible. Reporter: The 23-year-old now planning to use his story to change perceptions of what homeless people can achieve. Kendis Gibson, ABC news, los Angeles. A huge congratulations to him and the class of 2015. "Gma" and "This week" in the morning. We will see you right back here tomorrow night. I'm Cecilia Vega in New York. Happy mother's day to all the moms out there. Mine, too. Good night.

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