17-year-old Chicago Teen Graduates With Doctoral Degree

A Chicago-based female teenager, Dorothy Jean Tillman II, has just set a remarkable academic record after receiving her doctorate from Arizona State University, in the US at the age of 17.

Tillman disclosed this in a post via her Instagram post, sharing that she was home schooled early on and started college at age 10.

In an interview with ‘Good Morning America’ that she posted, Tillman said the remarkable feat felt “surreal” and “full of reflection and inspiration”.

In 2020, Tillman obtained a Master of Science degree, and a year later, at 15, she was accepted into Arizona State University’s Doctorate of Behavioral Health Management program.

Subsequently in December 2023, she successfully defended her dissertation, earning her doctorate in integrated behavioural health from ASU’s College of Health Solutions.

The culmination of Tillman’s academic journey was celebrated at the school’s spring commencement on May 6, 2024, when she attended the ceremony.

Tillman attributes her educational pursuits and successes to the guidance of her grandmother and the trust she placed in her mother’s advice.

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