GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Jordan McMillan's diploma is one well-earned achievement. McMillan graduated from Weaver Academy in Greensboro but he had a tougher time than most high schoolers. McMillan lost both of his parents before he turned 3-years-old.
McMillan has been on his own most of his life which has left him to make his own decisions.
“Some days I woke up and felt like ‘I don’t want to school, I don’t have to go.’ I really didn't have anybody to enforce the rules on me to tell me to go, but I knew I would go," explains McMillan.
McMillan admits there were tough days and sometimes he did feel like quitting.
"After the 10th grade I stopped feeling pity for myself and got it in my head this is how it is, this is how my life is I have to make the best of it," he said
Neither of McMillan's older brothers graduated high school. McMillan earned a 3.0 GPA and accepted his diploma.
"It was the best feeling ever,” he said. “It was unbelievable."
McMillan is proud of his diploma but he gave it to his grandma.
Jordan is planning to go to Brevard College. He's gotten financial aid and some scholarships but he still needs about $4,000. A GoFundMe has been set up for him.