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Jennifer Cunningham

Education, Sobriety Changed the Trajectory of Jennifer Cunningham's Life

Jennifer Cunningham overcame long odds to take the stage at Seaview Gym on June 17 to deliver a riveting student commencement speech. At the age of 13, she dropped out of school and subsequently spent 25 years of her adult life in addiction. After becoming sober in 2017, Cunningham embraced a new, healthier addiction -- education -- to earn her Bachelor of Applied Science in Child, Youth, & Family Studies. Cunningham, who is in her 40s, is a firm believer and living proof that "the truth is that anybody can go to college."