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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2008

    Custodian graduates from Columbia

    NEW YORK For years, Gac Filipaj mopped floors, cleaned toilets and took out trash at Columbia University.

    A refugee from war-torn Yugoslavia, he eked out a living working for the Ivy League school. But Sunday was payback time: The 52-year-old janitor donned a cap and gown to graduate with a bachelor's degree in classics.

    Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/news/artic...#ixzz1utRPG7XA

    This story truly makes me smile. I don't even know this man and I am so proud of him.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Black Hills
    What a great story, kudos to him. Imagine the language barriers he had to overcome. Good job, Gac!

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Well done, Gac, quite an accomplishment! I love this quote from him:

    "I love Seneca's letters because they're written in the spirit in which I was educated in my family not to look for fame and fortune, but to have a simple, honest, honorable life," he said.

    And he went back to his custodial job at the school?

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