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15-Year-Old Graduates With Bachelor’s Degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas

by Samantha Whidden
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15-year-old Jack Rico reportedly graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

According to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Rico is one of the school’s youngest graduates to collect his fifth degree at commencement. Rico notably started his undergraduate journey at UNLV in August 2020. But had already received four associate degrees prior. 

The University of Nevada also shared that following graduation, Rico wants to enroll in more classes in other areas of study. This is before he decides exactly what to focus on for his master’s degree. While speaking to the school, Rico revealed what was the highlight of his undergraduate career. “Moving to a new city, taking classes on campus, and being in the classroom again. I really enjoyed all of it.”

When asked what surprised him about his experience at the University of Nevada, Rico says he was surprised at just how big the campus actually is. “It was surprising how many resources are available to us at UNLV. I felt extremely supported in my research through the library and online access to support materials.”

In regards to how it feels to be among the youngest graduates in the University of Nevada’s history, Rico said it feels awesome. “I worked really hard but I also had a lot of support. All my professors and classmates have been awesome. A huge thank you to my mom for driving me back and forth from California to UNLV every week. So that I could take classes on campus.”

Rico’s Mother Speaks About Him Graduating From the University of Nevada

Rico’s mother, Ru Andrade, spoke to Fox News about her son’s education experience. “I know he gets a lot of attention for his brain. But he’s the sweetest kid. Never been in trouble once. He has a sister who has autism who he is amazing with.”

Andrade also states that the family is pretty proud of her son because this is what he wanted. “But also proud of the human he is. That’s the coolest thing about him.”

Andrade then explained that she homeschooled Rico for four years. But by the time he was 11-years-old, she struggled to teach him information he didn’t already know. “I had given everything I had. And he was smarter than me.”

It was then Andrade learned more about the K-12 big program that Fullerton College offered. Rico passed the placement exam. But instead of attending high school, he enrolled in college-level courses. He earned four associate’s degrees within two years. One in each concentration of history, social behavior, art and human expression, and social science. 

Andrade went on to add that Rico plans to achieve his master’s degree, but is taking a semester off to enjoy some time with family and friends.