UNION, N.J. –  Each member of Kean University's Class of 2018 has a story to tell — of perseverance, hard work and triumph.

Babajide Ajisafe of Union found time for a bachelor's degree despite a full-time job with AIG and a busy home life as a husband and father of four young sons, according to a press release from Kean University.

Not everyone was supportive of the 47-year-old immigrant from Nigeria when he decided to pursue a degree in graphic design and interactive advertising at Kean University's Robert Busch School of Design. When detractors told him that he would be 50 before he got his degree, Ajisafe had his answer ready. “I’ll be 50 anyway, and I won’t have a college degree.”

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To multitask as a father and a student, Ajisafe would bring his sons with him to the Kean library every Sunday so they could spend time together as a family while keeping ahead of their schoolwork.

Distinguished Professor Robin Landa notes that Ajisafe took advantage of every enriching opportunity at Kean to learn, grow and give. “I look forward to following what I am sure will be Jide’s