Ivy League school janitor graduates with honors

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Columbia University janitor Gac Filipaj, center, looks on during the Columbia University School of General Studies graduation ceremony, Sunday, May 13, 2012, in New York.  Filipaj, an ethnic Albanian who left his native Montenegro 20 years ago to escape war, is graduating with honors after 12 years of balancing studies and his full-time job. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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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 May 13 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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