Graduating from high school at the top of your class is no easy feat, but for many of Boston's valedictorians, what seems like an achievement that should set them on the right path for life is far too often falling short.

In a five-part magazine series out this week, The Boston Globe checked back with 93 of the city's 113 best and brightest — all valedictorians— who graduated between 2005 and 2007. They found that a quarter of them failed to get a bachelor's degree within six years, 40 percent now earn less than $50,000, and at least four have been homeless at some point.

Jim Braude was joined by Boston Globe reporter Malcolm Gay, 2006 valedictorian Abadur Rahman, and Chair of the NAACP Advocacy & Policy Committee Michael Curry.