COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A Columbus State University custodian was in a different type of uniform Saturday as he graduated from the university where he works.
A CSU employee for 9 years, 59-year-old Gary Freeman graduated on Saturday with a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a major in Management Information Systems.
"I consider it very special to graduate in the building that I have been cleaning for nine years," Freeman said shortly before walking across the stage and shaking the president's hand.
"Gary is a great example to us all," said Steve Morse, senior director of University Support Services, the division that encompasses custodial services at CSU. "Not only is he the kind of worker we want at CSU, he is a reminder of why we are all here at this university: to provide an environment where people can get a higher education that can improve their lives."
Monday, Freeman was back at work, proudly doing his rounds and humbly accepting hugs from co-workers.
"It felt great to be a college graduate," Freeman said.
Freeman tells CSU he is planning to send out resumes soon in the hopes of finding a job "in his field."