James Martin graduates from Florida Atlantic University at age of 17

Earns bachelor's degree in molecular biology

BOCA RATON, Fla. - James Martin isn't your typical 17-year-old.

"Its funny because I have a really young face so they all knew this kid doesn't belong here" said Martin.

In fact he's not even in high school.

They end up seeing you almost as a peer because you study like they do you work like they do and at the same time your interacting," said Martin.

Martin graduated Tuesday from Florida Atlantic University---earning a bachelor's degree in molecular biology with a 3.9 grade point average.

The Miramar resident was one of more than 1,000 graduates at FAU. It's something his mom had wondered about when she was homeschooling him.

"His early years he was a little lazy he would daydream a lot but when he was 12 or 13 he got really serious," said Joan Martin.

At 14 he started at FAU.

"There's been some nights... there's been some nights man where I'm just like... 'ugh,' " said Martin.

While Martin is still deciding where he'll attend graduate school, he's sure on what he wants to do.

"In a couple years hopefully I'll be getting my Ph.D., so that would be a blessing but in 8 years I'll be a professor somewhere, said Martin.

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