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A man who once worked as a sanitation worker in Maryland, graduated from Harvard Law School on Thursday.
Rehan Staton got big cheers as he crossed the stage and has made the most of his time at Harvard, staying focused on where he’s going and also reflecting on where he’s been.
Money has been tight for much of Staton’s life. His father raised him and his brother, Reggie, as a single parent after their mother left.
Rehan and his brother both took jobs as sanitation workers spending mornings hauling trash before heading off to class at the University of Maryland. On some mornings, he didn’t have enough time to change clothes.
Once Rehan got to Harvard, he made it a point to befriend the school custodians and he started a nonprofit called The Reciprocity Effect to give back to the school’s support staff, used his own money to buy them Amazon gift cards and held an award ceremony in their honor.