Nurse graduates from NYU, years after he worked there as a janitor

Frank Baez celebrates with his family after graduating Monday from New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. He posed with his grandmother Tomasina De los Santos, left, his mom, Santa Marte, and his older brother Juan Baez.

(CNN)Frank Baez got his first healthcare experience as a teenager, mopping floors and cleaning patients' rooms as a hospital janitor at New York University.

This week, the 29-year-old got his nursing degree from NYU's Rory Meyers College of Nursing, after finishing an accelerated 15-month program.
"It was a very intense program, I'll tell you that. It was a lot of work," he told CNN. "It was worth it, it paid off at the end. Here I am now, a graduated nurse."