Rehan Staton traces path from sanitation worker to Law School grad

Sunday, May 21, 2023 - 14:32 in Health & Medicine

This story is part of a series of graduate profiles ahead of Commencement ceremonies Reporters rushed to find Rehan Sujeewa Staton a handful of years ago when news broke that the Maryland sanitation worker had been accepted to Harvard Law School. Their various versions of a self-made American success story went viral. Now, as Staton prepares to graduate, he wants to make one thing crystal clear: It wasn’t just him. His dad, older brother, other family, friends, professors, service staff, and even his former boss (and Tyler Perry) made it all possible in very direct and sometimes surprising ways. “I got lucky, but I made the most of my luck.” “Although I get credit for working hard, working hard was the easy part because that I could control,” said Staton. “But I just happened to be around people who cared enough about me. I worked for a trash company, where my co-workers...

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