It was 2007, a burdensome time for many.
Mike Vaudreuil had lost his house, his once-prospering business–and, worst of all, his hope. He was beaten down. He needed something, anything, to survive not only economically, but mentally.
So the Worcester native took a temp job as a custodian at WPI.
Eight years later, on May 14, he’s set to walk the stage in his cap and gown at the university’s 148th commencement ceremony. The 54-year-old will collect his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
His is a story of resilience.
“It’s taken everything I had, and a lot of things I never knew I had,” says Vaudreuil. “I’m so ready for the next chapter.”
Setbacks? You have no idea.
Vaudreuil, who’s spent his life in and around Worcester, initially studied at Wentworth Institute of Technology after he graduated from high school “many, many years ago,” as he described it. He earned an associate’s degree in aeronautical technology.