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Black Teen Is the Youngest Dual Enrollment Graduate at Her School

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Grace Bush Is the Youngest Dual Enrollment Graduate at Her School.

Grace Bush

Reported by Andrew Scot Bolsinger

Sixteen-year-old Grace Bush may have gotten the order mixed up, but that only underscores the impressive nature of her academic accomplishments.

Bush graduated in May from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) before she graduated at FAU High School. She is the youngest student in FAU’s dual-enrollment to graduate.

On May 2, she walked in her college graduation with a bachelor’s in science degree in criminal justice. She graduated magna cμm laude — high honors — seven days before she graduated from high school, a story that was featured on NBC’s The TODAY Show on May 10. She has since been interviewed by MSNBC about her accomplishments.

Bush is one of nine children. Home-schooled, she progressed rapidly and started college at the age of 13. The family has a lengthy history with FAU. Her father, Bobby Bush, earned a degree from FAU in 1986. Her sister, Gisla, graduated from the university and FAU High School before Grace. Another sister, Gabrielle, graduated from FAU High School with Grace, and has also been attending the college in its dual-enrollment program.

“I am expected to excel in a way because people think since I’m 16, I’m supposed to be smarter than everyone else,” Grace Bush said. “So I have to meet other people’s expectations.”

Bush did not coast through college. She started as an English major but switched to criminal justice with an eye on law school. She also completed a second major in music education. Bush plays the flute and performed in a symphony band in March, according to a report on the school’s website.

Bush said she the FAU tradition will help her in life.

“Here at FAU, I have excelled a lot personally, emotionally, psychologically and academically,” she said. “I just feel that being able to be in this environment has just overall got me to excel as a person.”

Bush received a full scholarship to earn a Master’s degree in public administration from the School of Public Administration in FAU’s College for Design and Social Inquiry starting this fall. Bush then will make a final decision in regards to attending law school, her top choice being University of Miami.

“I want to be the chief justice of the Supreme Court,” she said. “You have to look to the future and hope everything will be brighter, even if it’s not at the moment.”


Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at and can be followed @CriminalUniv on Twitter.

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