Amidst a sea of smiles and tears, Southern University-Baton Rouge graduated more than 500 new alumni on Friday, sending them off into hopeful futures as professionals and soon-to-be graduate students.
Among them: Polite Stewart, a cum laude graduate out of the university's Department of Physics, who would love nothing more than to have most people regard him for who he is — a rising star in the physics research field.
But it doesn't always work out that way for Stewart, the Baton Rouge resident who, at 18 years old, today became one of the youngest graduates in the school's 132-year history.
"I was aware that it wasn't a normal thing, but I didn't let that get in the way of accomplishing what I wanted to do," said Stewart, at home just hours after commencement exercises and hours before the start of his family's graduation party.
Stewart enrolled at Southern as a 14-year-old freshman in 2008, recommended to begin his college career after two years in the university's Timbuktu Academy. Read the rest of this uplifting story here (Huffington Post).