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A Story Of Resilience: How Perry Cline Overcame Incarceration, Heroin Addiction To Earn A Degree

Perry Cline on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.

Perry Cline’s story is a remarkable one. He’s a formerly incarcerated 51-year-old man who overcame the odds to graduate from the University of Illinois last month.

This is a follow-up to last week’s story about Cline and what it took for him to achieve his academic goals.

We felt it important to give Cline the space and a platform to tell that story himself — both in video and through a longer audio story.

You can find both below.

This story was produced with support from the Education Writers Association Reporting Fellowship program.

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