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12-year-old boy graduates from university with an incredible five degrees

12-year-old boy graduates from university with an incredible five degrees

Clovis Hung's mum noticed he was 'super inquisitive, mature, diligent, self-disciplined, and highly motivated'.

A 12-year-old boy in California has done something that others do only when they're in their 20s.

Clovis Hung has managed to graduate from university with not just one degree...but five.

The boy genius did all this while being homeschooled by his mother and he's been able to celebrate his graduation with hundreds of his classmates.

While some of us are only just grappling with the onset of adolescence and getting ready to take on high school, Clovis was hitting the books hard.

He was inspired to attend Fullerton College after seeing Jack Rico enrol and graduate with four degrees at the tender age of 13.

Facebook/Fullerton College

Clovis has eclipsed that record and has become the youngest graduate in Fullerton's history.

He's finished his studies with five Associate of Arts degrees in History, Social Sciences, Social Behavior and Self-Development, Arts and Human Expression, and Science and Mathematics.

Fullerton has a special program that allows students to attend their college while completing their homeschool curriculum.

Clovis and his mum were initially a little skeptical of how life would be trying to juggle college life with his studies at home.

But he adapted quickly and it has paid off massively.

“After that first history class, I found out I could handle it well and instantly fell in love with college life. So, I challenged myself to take more classes,” Clovis said.

He added: “The first question the professors and classmates usually ask is how old I am.

"They are surprised at what I am doing here and always curious about the points of my quizzes and exams.

"However, after a while, I have shown a serious attitude toward my study; they all believe in my ability and determination to get good grades."

Fullerton College/KCAL

His skepticism was shared by some of his tutors, who thought it might be overwhelming for a 12-year-old to be amongst the adults.

However, biology professor Kenneth Collins said it didn't take long for those worries to be put to bed.

“At first, I was a little worried about how he would relate to the other students given the age and developmental differences, however, those concerns were unfounded," he said.

"Clovis has been a great mixture of ‘kid’ and college student.

"He is mature enough that the other students take him seriously, but enough of a kid that they look after him like a younger brother and cheer him on."

Clovis' mum, Song Choi, says her son has always been 'super inquisitive, mature, diligent, self-disciplined, and highly motivated'.

She pulled him out of regular school when she realised they 'could not satisfy his curiosity'.

Featured Image Credit: KCAL

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