Tales of the non-tradtional

More news about adult and continuing education students. From the New York Daily News.

Custodian cleans up for classics degree at Columbia 
IT TOOK ALMOST 20 years, but this weekend a Columbia University custodian will put down his broom and dustpan just long enough to collect his sheepskin.

Gac Filipaj, 52, an immigrant from the former Yugoslavia, toiled day and night to earn a bachelor’s degree in classics — with honors, no less.

And even though he spent nearly two decades in school — taking one or two classes a semester — he’s not finished with higher education.

“Only half my dream came true,” Filipaj said. “Today, one ought to have a master’s or a Ph.D.”

Filipaj said he hopes to go to grad school now.


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