Olive-Harvey Valedictorian, Robert Newson (pictured), waited almost 30 years to start college and despite the challenges he faced as a full-time employee, parent, and college student, he was able to graduate with honors. Photo Credit: City Colleges of Chicago
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Robert Newson grew up on the south side of Chicago and graduated from Chicago Vocational High School in 1984. He immediately went into the workforce and found success working for the University of Chicago Hospital where he was regularly promoted until he reached a point where he couldn’t go any further with only a high school diploma.