EPIC: Janitor Receives His Degree from College He Cleaned for Years

If this doesn’t inspire you, then you’ve got a dim light bulb. This is awesome.

By Doug Criss

Michael Vaudreuil is used to picking things up at school. He’s a custodian at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.

But over the weekend, he picked up something he’ll definitely want to keep: a college degree.

Vaudreuill, 54, graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from the same place where he’s cleaned and emptied the trash for the past eight years.

His mortar board read: “Old dog has new tricks.”

“Graduation was a crowning achievement. One of the best days of my life,” Vaudreuil told CNN.

Vaudreuil took the custodian’s job after his plastering biz went under in 2007 and took most of his life with it.

He’d lost his house, his business and his hope.

“I was just a shell of a person at that time,” he told CNN affiliate WBZ.

So he got the custodian’s gig at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, which just so happened to have tuition-free classes for employees.

This was his last chance.

After dabbling in some psychology classes, Vaudreuill got serious and took on mechanical engineering, which was a natural fit because he’s more of a hands-on kind of guy.

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