Yesha Callahan

We Could All Use Some Good News This Week: 17-Year-Old Graduates From College


Congratulations to James Martin, 17, from Miramar, Florida. While most teens his age just graduated from high school earlier this summer, Martin received a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) during a ceremony this week!

But wait. That’s not the half of it.

Martin finished with a 3.9 GPA and received Suma Cum Laude honors.

From WSVN-TV :

Martin was not always as studious as he is now. His mother was concerned about his early education due to a lack of focus in homeschooling. “His early years, he tended to be a little lazy,” said Joan Martin. “He daydreamed a lot and then, about 12 or 13, he started getting really serious.”

Yet, at just 14 years old, Martin enrolled at FAU. The graduate admitted, however, that the road to success was not easy. “It’s been some nights, man,” he said. “It’s been some nights where I’m just like, ‘Ugh!'”

Martin has not yet decided where he will attend graduate school. “In a couple years, hopefully, I’ll be on my way to getting a PhD, and so that would be a tremendous blessing,” he said. “In another eight years, I’ll be a professor somewhere.”

Martin said he hopes to come back to South Florida and teach at FAU or the University of Miami after he receives his PhD.

To the Martin Family, you did good! You did very good!


  1. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    Good for him, it nice to see the brightest being in the spotlight.

  2. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    Kudos to this young man!!!!

  3. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    Every time I read about a kid like this, they are home schooled this says a lot(black kids thrive in home schooling or smaller class settings). I have no children, but If/when I do this encourages me to do more for their education.

    On topic: Gwan bwoy, gwan! I am so happy and proud of you. 🙂

  4. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    Outstanding news!

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  6. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    Congrats! But please be careful young man because you are in Florida…..

  7. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    Go head on, young brotha!!!

    TY, Clutch. Keep em coming.

  8. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    These post are truly bright spots, loved them. congrats to this young man, may he have a bright and shining future. Another example of black excellence.

  9. August 9, 2013 - Reply

    That is so wonderful.

  10. August 10, 2013 - Reply

    Involved parents. They make all the difference in the world.

  11. August 11, 2013 - Reply

    Good news indeed! Congratulations to him and his parents.

  12. August 12, 2013 - Reply

    YES!!!! Nothing’s better than seeing our young people succeed. I’m so proud of him and his parents.

    Plus I’m glad there’s finally some good news coming out of Florida….

  13. October 14, 2013 - Reply

    Man he is a great kid. we were classmate. I guess some people are born to be smart. some people dont event have to study hard at all, they can just read it and remember everything.

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