Most 16-year-olds are happy to get their hands on a set of car keys.
Grace Bush is not like most 16-year-olds.
Friday morning, the Broward County teenager graduated from Florida Atlantic University, earning her degree, with honors, in criminal justice.
“It feels exciting knowing that I’m finally getting this behind me,” Bush told WPBF 25 News.
Grace, one of nine children, was home-schooled by her mother at an early age.
“She could read by the age of 2,” said her mother, Gisla Bush.
Grace enrolled at Broward College when she was 13 and transferred to FAU a year later to pursue both her high school and college degrees at the same time.
“It was a lot of hard work, concentration and dedication,” Grace said, noting she took classes during the summer.
Grace is one of the youngest students to graduate from FAU in more than 100 years.
“It makes you realize regardless of age, if you’ve got the abilities you should be allowed to accomplish your full potential,” said FAU President Dr. John Kelly said.
Ironically, Grace hasn’t even received her high school diploma; that happens next week.
As for the future, Grace said she’ll spend the summer preparing for LSAT testing before applying to law school.
“I’m planning to go to law school, preferably at UM since it’s close to home and then I’d ultimately like to become the Chief Supreme Court Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court,” she said.
“She graduated at the age of 16; do you think she can achieve that?” asked her father, Bobby Bush. “I believe so.”
It may not be too farfetched.
Grace’s oldest sister graduated from FAU when she was 18 and is now working on her master’s degree. Her other sister is 17 years old and is set to graduate from FAU this summer.