13-year-old graduates from college with 4 degrees

by Peter Heck · May 29th, 2020 11:20 am
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Looking at Jack Rico, you'd never know he was anything other than a typical 13-year-old boy. But the young man who his parents say loves to play video games and argue with his sister, just became the youngest graduate in the 107-year history of Fullerton College in California.

Even more impressive, Rico completed not just one course of study, but four, earning associate degrees in history, human expression, social behavior, and social science. He graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

Ru Andrade, his mother, said she knew Jack was gifted when, to earn a trip to visit the White House, she assigned him to memorize all the presidents. He was 3-years-old at the time. A week later, Jack came up to her with a surprise.

"He said, 'I already knew the presidents, but I memorized all the vice presidents so that we could go,'" Andrade said.

Fullerton College President Greg Schulz said young Rico is popular figure on campus.

"Jack is wise beyond his years, and I'm so pleased that he found a home and place to excel at Fullerton College."

When the coronavirus pandemic canceled Fullerton's graduation ceremony this year, Jack's friends and family decided to coordinate a drive-by parade to honor his exceptional accomplishments.

Rico, who admits that he does not, "really have the whole life thing figured out" yet, plans to get back to video games this summer before heading off to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in the fall.

He will be pursuing a bachelor's degree in history on a full-ride scholarship from the school.


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