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More than 100 NYC students defy odds to graduate while homeless

More than 100 New York City students were honored for graduating high school and getting accepted into college – all while living in homeless shelters.

On Thursday night, the Department of Homeless Services saluted its students who are bound for college.

Each student was gifted with a laptop and a duffel bag filled with freshman essentials.

“They’re homeless because of the economics, the gap between rents and income,” NYC Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks said.

Alexus Lawrence won a $2,000 scholarship for academic excellence. She’s her high school valedictorian and is heading to Brooklyn College – on the path to become a pediatrician.

She’s succeeded beyond her wildest dreams – all while being homeless.

“I’m just thinking of how far I’ve come,” Lawrence said. “You have your head down because it’s shameful, some people may bully you if they knew you lived in the shelter system.”