At 87, there’s not much that Hubert Evans hasn’t seen or done.
A former solider in the Jamaican Defense Force, he came to America in the 1980’s, in search of the American dream. “I’ve been through a journey, but I keep on fighting," Evans said. For the past 25 years, he’s been a public safety officer at CUNY's Brooklyn College.CUNY employees get free tuition, so he set out to get his bachelors degree in liberal arts from Medgar Evers College — and that he did. “The college has done a lot for your so you can offer something back to the college,” he explained.
Evans majored in political science and minored in physics. He was eager to admit it wasn't easy. He spent long hours studying between shifts and says his professors were tough but fair. “I always tried my best not to be late for class, because when you’re late you lose a lot. When you’re late sometimes the first three questions for the questions for the test pass you,” he said. He was honored with commendations from the offices of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
"Never give up an education is worth it," said Dr. Rudy Crew, president of Medgar Evers College.
Evans said he has plans to get a masters degree.