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WORCESTER, Mass. – Nearly a decade ago, a man took a humble job as a custodian at a college when his small business went under during the recession. Now, nearly a decade later, he’s graduating from the school with a degree in mechanical engineering.

“You go through life and you say, ‘Someday I’m going do this. I’m going do that,’ and very often in life you’re hit with a curve ball that kind of throws you off track,” Michael Vaudreuil told WBZ.

Vaudreuil owned a plastering business in 2007. He went bankrupt in 2007, during the recession.

“I was just a shell of a person at that time,” said Vaudreuil.

The only job he could find was a custodial job at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. To keep from being bored, he started taking classes.

For eight years, he took classes during the day and cleaned all night, according to WBZ.

And all that hard work paid off. On Saturday, he graduated with a class of students less than half his age.

Now, he and his wife are hoping he will get a new job, and they will start a new life together.

“Very few times do you ever get to experience a real ‘someday,’” said Vaudreuil. “And so it feels like, welcome to my ‘someday.’”