He grew up in England and fell in love with an American. He moved to the United States and married in 2001. He worked a variety of different jobs over time. However, he did dream of attending college, but his grades were not good enough to attend college in England. He will be graduating with his Bachelor's degree next month as valedictorian next month, and he will be working on his master's degree soon.
Source: Philly.com: How a fish fryer became a valedictorian at 44