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Best-selling author to speak at GRU commencement

A file photo from GRU's spring 2013 graduation. (Source: WFXG) A file photo from GRU's spring 2013 graduation. (Source: WFXG)
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

More than 1,000 students will participate in commencement exercises for Georgia Regents University at 2 p.m. May 9 at the James Brown Arena.

Liz Murray, Author of the New York Times best-selling memoir "Breaking Night," will be the guest speaker.

Murray grew up in the Bronx as the child of cocaine-addicted parents. There was never food in the house, everything was filthy, drugs were everywhere, and welfare checks were spent before they arrived. By age 15, her mother was dead and Murray was living on the streets, riding the subway all night, and eating from dumpsters. But she always knew her life could be better.

"I started to grasp the value of the lessons learned while living on the streets. I knew, after overcoming those daily obstacles that next to nothing could hold me down," she said.

Murray finished high school in two years while camping out in New York City parks and subway stations and went on to graduate from Harvard with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2009. A movie about her life, "From Homeless to Harvard," premiered on Lifetime Television in 2003, and she is the recipient of Oprah Winfrey's first ever Chutzpah Award.

For a list of other activities planned around graduation, visit GRU's website.

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