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Former teen janitor graduates with nursing degree from New York University

/ 02:57 PM May 23, 2019
Former janitor of university graduates as nurse

New York University in New York City, United States. Image: INQUIRER.net stock photo

Frank Baez was just a teenager when he entered New York University as a janitor. Today, the 29-year-old is graduating from the prestigious university with a nursing degree.

Baez, who is an immigrant, left the Dominican Republic for New York City when he was 15-years-old, as per ABC News on May 22. The young Baez barely knew English then and worked in housekeeping for the university’s Langone Tisch Hospital.

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The job helped support Baez’s family, and at the same time, piqued his interest in the medical field. His curiosity eventually prompted him to apply, and get the job, as a patient transporter, seeing him take patients to and from medical tests and operating rooms.

“While working [at NYU] with the nurses, I realized I wanted to be one of them,” Baez said in the report. “I learned how much they advocate for their patients and the passion they have for their job.”

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Baez left the hospital to pursue his bachelor’s degree at Hunter College and went on to become a first-generation college graduate. His dream, however, was to take nursing at NYU and with much encouragement from past colleagues, got into the university’s college of nursing under a 15 month-long accelerated program.

Baez donned the university’s iconic purple robes to claim his nursing degree on Monday, May 20. Cody Cepeda/JB

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