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Published:May 12th, 2012 12:17 EST
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Janitor, 52, Graduating From Columbia University! Bravo!

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A 52-year-old custodian at Columbia University in New York said he is scheduled to graduate with honors from the school this weekend after 12 years of study.

Gac Filipaj, who moved to the United States from Yugoslavia in 1992 and still sends most of his money back to his family, said he chose to work as a custodian at Columbia because he believed it to be the best school in the city and he began taking classes part time after six years spent learning English."

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Congratulations to Gac Filipaj, he represents the best qualities in an immigrant:

A desire to learn English

To fully assimilate into the culture, it`s imperative that an immigrant know how to speak, read and understand English. It took Filipaji six years to learn English so  he could enroll in Columbia University.

A strong work ethic

Gac wasn`t too proud to work as a custodian at the university where he was taking classes.

An appreciation for his adopted country

Gac took pains to express gratitude to his professors and his much younger fellow students in an interview.

It`s never too late to go to college, I wish Gac and his family nothing but the best.

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