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Columbia University Janitor Graduates With Honors

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When Gac Filipaj fled war-torn Yugoslavia in 1992, he became a refugee in New York. He took a janitor's job at Columbia University because it included free tuition. But he first had to learn English. After a dozen years, he received a bachelor's degree in classics over the weekend.


Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. A college graduate over the weekend was a real life "Good Will Hunting." Matt Damon played a university janitor more brilliant than the students. Here's the real life story. Gac Filipaj fled worn-torn former Yugoslavia. He became a refugee in New York, and he took a janitor's job at Columbia University because it included free tuition. Now, after a dozen years, he has received a bachelor's degree in classics. Says he'll go for a master's next. It's MORNING EDITION.

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