Former Drug Dealer Graduates College at Sixty-Seven Years Old

David Norman shows success comes at any age.

 

The undergraduate class of 547 students walked across the stage of Ivy League school, Columbia University. Among those stood 67-year-old David Norman, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, which was a proud accomplishment for him. Although his past obstacles affected his schooling at a young age, he found the courage to continue later in life.

David Norman grew up in Harlem, New York, where he fell into a tumultuous lifestyle in his teenage years. He had numerous dealing with drugs, and other crimes.This destructive path led Norman to serve multiple sentences in prison and battling with a heroin addiction for over thirty years.

After being released from prison in 1995, Norman made a promise to himself that it would be his last time being behind those bars. He became a mentor for released convicts to help them stay on a correct path and do well in society. That year changed his life for the better and he never looked back.

David Norman is a perfect example of “anything is possible under any circumstances.” Though he was in and out of prison, he made sure his last release was his final release and to stay positive.

“When my perspective changed, my life changed. Whatever happens outside has to begin inside,” Norman said in a press release by Columbia University.



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