43-year-old man bags university degree after 24 years of working as school janitor, set to become a teacher


In a remarkable journey of perseverance, Tylan Bailey, a 43-year-old man, has finally accomplished his dream of graduating from Georgia State University in the United States, after spending 24 years working as a janitor in a local high school.

For nearly a quarter of a century, Bailey dedicated himself to serving as a custodian at Hightower Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia. However, amidst his janitorial responsibilities, he nurtured a deep aspiration to become a teacher, a dream he would eventually pursue.

At the age of 40, Bailey took a significant step towards his goal by enrolling in Georgia State University to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, with a minor in special education.

“I always wanted to be a college graduate. I always wanted to be a teacher. So having everything sink in at that moment was the best feeling I could ever have,” shared Bailey in an interview with WSBTV.

Balancing his janitorial duties with rigorous academic studies, Bailey embarked on his educational journey at the College of Education & Human Development of Georgia State University. Three years later, at the age of 43, he achieved his long-awaited goal, graduating with honors.