Custodian graduates from Columbia

Discussion in 'News that makes you smile!' started by davehead21, May 14, 2012.

  1. davehead21

    davehead21 Active Member

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    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.

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

    Jacie Estes Medical Marijuana Advocate

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    What a great story, kudos to him. Imagine the language barriers he had to overcome. Good job, Gac!
  4. Reader

    Reader New Member

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    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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