The 10 Youngest College Graduates In U.S. History

In these days of 6-year degrees and students graduating at 25 if at all, it’s encouraging to see stories of far more intrepid matriculation – consider “The 10 Youngest College Graduates in U.S. History” at Online Degree. Number 1, Michael Keany, current holder of the Guinness World Record for “Youngest University Graduate.” “At the age of 8, the homeschooled prodigy completed an Associate of Science degree in geology while at Santa Rosa Junior College. He would then go on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from University of South Alabama at 10, a master’s in biochemistry from Middle Tennessee State University at 14, and another master’s – this time in computer science – from Vanderbilt at 17.”

If those aren’t accomplishments enough, how about Kathleen Holtz, number 8 on the list, who graduated from California State University at 15, immediately entered law school and, at 18 became the “youngest law student to ever pass the bar in California – if not the United States.” She quickly tried several successful cases as an attorney. Take a look at the list for several more inspiring examples of early talent.

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Anthony Paletta

Anthony Paletta is a freelance writer.

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