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Senior Earns College Diploma Before High School Graduation

Florida Atlantic University

Jad Khazem

Dual-enrollment courses challenge students and prepare them for success in college and their future careers. But, for Florida Atlantic University (FAU) High School senior, Jad Khazem, these advanced courses helped him earn a bachelor's degree… four years early.

Last year, Jad graduated from FAU with top honors, one week before his high school graduation. Jad, the youngest student to graduate from FAU that semester, completed his bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in Spanish through a rigorous schedule of dual-enrollment courses.

He has since become an advocate for dual-enrollment courses and recently spoke before the Florida House Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

Jad also helps his struggling peers by tutoring academically at-risk students and volunteering with the university's Office for Students with Disabilities. The high school valedictorian plans to attend law school and pursue a successful career in public service.