brainAmidst 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/

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