Man will get Rutgers degree after 38 years

May 23, 2010 at 4:05 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, May 23 (UPI) -- A New Jersey businessman says he will finally get his college degree almost four decades after one class kept him from "walking" with his classmates.

Frank Giordano, 59, originally of Cherry Hill, N.J., had completed all his course work for his degree from Rutgers University except for one physical education class, which he never took because he was too busy building a business, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday.

Giordano took classes during the morning and worked 40-50 hours a week at his own shop to build a commercial-trailer company that ended up highly successful.

"I'd take the Rutgers parking sticker out of my window so customers didn't know I was a college student," he said.

He was supposed to take a required gym class but kept putting it off. An accident resulting in a broken foot closed the deal for him and Giordano never got his degree, the newspaper said.

Meanwhile, he became a hugely successful local businessman with a number of contacts -- one of whom was the acting dean of the Rutgers-Camden business school, Rayman Solomon, who heard his story and presented it to a faculty committee.

"It was a no-brainer," Solomon said. "He deserves it."

Giordano's degree will be official, not honorary, and dated 1972.

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