A young woman from Chicago earns her doctorate at age 17

A young woman from Chicago earns her doctorate at age 17

The participation of Dorothy Jean Tillman II at the graduation ceremony of the Arizona State University May 6 was the last step on the path to higher education that the teenager from Chicago started when He took his first college course at age 10.

In the period between that course and his admission to the doctorate, he obtained the title of higher university technician, the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree.

When Tillman successfully defended her dissertation in December, she became the youngest person — at 17 — to earn a doctorate in integrated behavioral health at Arizona State UniversityAssociate Professor Leslie Manson told ABC’s “Good Morning America” ​​on Monday.

“This is a wonderful achievement and we hope … that Dorothy Jean inspires more students,” Manson said. “But this is still something extremely rare and unusual.”

Tillman, called “Dorothy Jeanius” by her family and friends, is the granddaughter of former Chicago Councilwoman Dorothy Tillman.

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