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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

15-Year-Old Makes History as Youngest Person to Graduate From Sam Houston State University

Nehemiah Juniel

Nationwide — Nehemiah Juniel, a 15-year-old African American student from Huntsville, Texas, is set to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, making history as the youngest person ever to graduate from Sam Houston State University.

Juniel has always loved learning. He apparently started doing pre-algebra at the age of 5 and was then homeschooled by his parents. He reportedly received his Associate of Science degree when he was just 13-years old. And now 2 years later, he is getting his Bachelor’s degree.

“The biggest challenge was staying focused. It was especially difficult when the course material was uninteresting or something I already knew,” Juniel told WLTX.

Moving forward, Juniel plans on taking the MCAT. He wanted to pursue a career in cardiology.

“Around the age of eight years old, I decided I wanted to become a surgeon of some sort,” he said. “As I grew, I continued to change and specify what kind of career I wanted to pursue. This culminated into my decision to study cardiology.”

Juniel hopes to inspire others to continue their dreams despite some challenges.

“Don’t get discouraged if you run into a few issues or if you fail a couple of times. As long as you keep trying, you will eventually reach your goal,” he said.