Here's Your Diploma. Now Here's Your Mop.

Here's Your Diploma. Now Here's Your Mop. 1

Noah Pylvainen

Sam Fanning graduated from Eastern Michigan U. last year and is now a custodian there.

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Noah Pylvainen

Sam Fanning graduated from Eastern Michigan U. last year and is now a custodian there.

Eastern Michigan University gave Sam Fanning a degree in network and information-technology administration last December. A month later, after he couldn't find work, it gave him a job as a custodian in the student center.

Mr. Fanning feels fortunate to be working in a unionized job with benefits. As he toils to make monthly $500 payments on his student loan, he is able to chuckle about his situation. But it isn't the future he envisioned for himself.