#TalkaboutitTuesday…Eight Of The Youngest Black College Graduates

Ever feel like you’re too young to accomplish some of your goals? Take a look at these eight individuals who all accomplished major goals and realized huge milestones before they were even of legal age to drink and remember them next time you feel as if you may not be old, smart or ready enough to begin your own path to success.

Thessalonika Arzu-Embry


This Illinois native can’t even drive yet, but managed to enroll into college at the age of 11, maintain a 3.9 GPA in psychology and graduate from Chicago State University by the age of 14. She now plans to pursue a graduate degree in psychology.

Cortlan Wickliff

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At the age of 22, Wickliff became the second-youngest black man to graduate from Harvard University Law School. He began college at 14, graduating from Rice University. This focused young man has not stopped yet, as he is currently pursuing a PhD in engineering from Texas A&M University.

Anne-Marie Imafidon

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A member of Britain’s “braniest family”, Imafidon is living up to her family’s big legacy. By 15, she was enrolled at Oxford University and by 20 became the youngest student at Oxford to earn her master’s as well. A STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) expert, Imafidon founded STEMettes, a program to aid in women’s development in the aforementioned fields.

Polite Stewart, Jr

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Stewart is believed to be the youngest graduate in the history of Southern University and A&M – he graduated at 18 with a degree in physics.

Ola Orekunrin

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After the tragic death of her sister, Orekunrin dedicated herself  to emergency medical work in her hometown of Nigeria. After earning a medical degree at the age of 21, she went on to foundthe first air-operated medical services in Nigeria, Flying Doctors Nigeria.

Brittney Exline

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After enrolling at the University of Pennsylvania at the age of 15, Exline became the youngest African American to enroll in an Ivy League school. She then went on to become the youngest engineer at the age of 19 and currently works as a software engineer.

James Martin

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Martin began college at 14 at Florida Atlantic University, where he maintained a 3.9 GPA while majoring in molecular biology. Since graduating at 17, Martin has gone on to work as a research technician for a Nobel laureate at Princeton University. He plans to pursue graduate study as well.

Gabrielle Turnquest

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This young woman has made history not once but twice. At age 16, she became the youngest graduate of Liberty University in Virginia. In 2013, at 18, she became the youngest person ever to pass the UK bar exam. She plans to go into fashion law and recently finished her studies at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

*This article originally appeared in TheRoot.