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Teenager, Dr Dorothy Jean Tillman II who started college at age 10 bags PhD at 17

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A Chicago-based female teenager, Dr Dorothy Jean Tillman II, has just set a remarkable academic record after receiving her doctorate from Arizona State University, in the US at the age of 17.

She disclosed this on Tuesday via her Instagram post, sharing that she started college when she was 10 years old.

In an interview with ‘Good Morning America’ that she posted, Tillman said the remarkable feat felt “surreal” and “full of reflection and inspiration”.

In 2020, Tillman earned a Master of Science degree, and the following year, at the age of 15, she gained admission to the Doctorate of Behavioural Health Management program at Arizona State University.

After her successful completion of the doctoral programme, at the age of 17, Tillman defended her dissertation, earning her doctoral degree in Integrated Behavioural Health from ASU’s College of Health Solutions.

Tillman, now 18, was celebrated during ASU’s spring commencement on May 6, 2024, when Tillman joined her classmates in person.

“Everything that we were doing didn’t seem abnormal to me or out of the ordinary until it started getting all of the attention,” she said on Tuesday.

Tillman attributes her educational pursuits and successes to the guidance of her grandmother and the trust she placed in her mother’s advice.

According to Leslie Manson, the associate professor who supervised Tillman’s dissertation through ASU’s online program, Tillman holds the distinction of being the youngest person to complete a doctoral degree in integrated behavioural health at ASU.

“It’s a wonderful celebration … but this is still something so rare and unique.

“She has innovative ideas and motivation, which is wonderful, and truly, I think what is inspiring is that she embodies that meaning of being a true leader,” Manson said.

Having completed her degrees, Tillman expressed her plan to continue reflecting on her specific goals.

She also plans to devote attention to her other interests, such as public speaking and a leadership institute she established.

“I’m really just grateful that the world is my oyster, and that I’ve done so much so young.

“And I have time to kind of think that through,” she said.

“I didn’t have the everyday school things like homecoming dances or spirit weeks or just school pictures and things like that … that kind of create unity with my peers,” Tillman said.

Aside from her academic prowess, the 18-year-old has found time to dance and do choreography, she disclosed in her interview.

Tillman also is founder and chief executive of the Dorothyjeanius STEAM Leadership Institute. The programme includes summer camps designed to help young people in the arts and STEM subjects.

She said her plans include public speaking engagements and fundraising for the camp, which Tillman said she hopes to franchise one day.

Tillman is motivated and has innovative ideas, said Manson, adding, “And truly, I think what is inspiring is that she embodies that meaning of being a true leader.”

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Obaseki gives Edo CP one week to hunt down killers of UNIBEN graduate

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The Edo state government has ordered an investigation into the rape and murder of a recent graduate of the University of Benin (UNIBEN).

Adekolore Idowu Glory, a 22-year-old recent graduate of UNIBEN, was earlier reported to have been raped and murdered.

The victim was said to have been brutally beaten before she was raped to death at Iyowa Community in Benin City on June 13.

A man who identified as a brother to the deceased said unknown men attacked her while she was on her way back home from UNIBEN.

Glory, who only graduated last April, was said to have been processing her clearance when she was killed and left close to her house.

NAN reports that Chris Nehikhare, Edo state’s communications commissioner, expressed shock and sadness over the incident.

He said Godwin Obaseki, the state governor, has ordered an investigation and a manhunt for Glory’s killers.

“Gov. Godwin Obaseki has ordered the commissioner of police, Funso Adegboye, to fish out the perpetrators of the evil act within the next seven days,” he said.

Glory’s death is the latest in a handful of tragedies that have hit Nigeria’s campuses in recent weeks.

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Final-year student of Adekunle Ajasin university found dead at off-campus church

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A final-year female student of the Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko (AAUA) in Ondo state has been found dead.

The student, identified as Ayandare Modupe, was found dead on Monday morning in the Akungba community, Akoko south LGA of the state.

Modupe was a 500-level student of agronomy in the faculty of agriculture.

TheCable understands that the lifeless body of Modupe was found hanging beside an off-campus church she attended.

Leadership reports that Noble Olaogbebikan, a spokesperson of AAUA’s students’ union government (SUG), confirmed the incident.

Olaogbebikan was quoted as saying that the deceased was found dead around 4 am on Monday in a “white garment church” clothe.

The students’ spokesperson said the deceased was suspected of having committed suicide after attending a vigil service.

Olaogbebikan said all hands are on deck to unravel the cause of Modupe’s death.

“The law enforcement agency has been informed already, and all hands are on deck to get to the root of the situation,” he said.

“Justice will be served, and the law enforcement agency will do a thorough investigation.

“Should you have any information to supply regarding the incident that happened, kindly reach out to the Students’ Union.

“Stay tuned for further updates as further investigations are underway.”

Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, the state police’s spokesperson, also confirmed the incident.

Odunlami-Omisanya said the police in Ondo are working to ascertain the cause of the death of the final-year student.

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UNIBEN graduate beaten, raped to death in Edo

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A female student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) identified as Adekolore Idowu Glory has been reportedly raped to death.

Glory, 22, a recent graduate of the university, was said to have been beaten and raped to death at Iyowa Community, Benin City on June 13.

In an X post, a user who identified as Glory’s brother said unknown men attacked her while she was on her way back home from school.

Glory, who graduated in April this year, was said to have been processing her clearance when she was killed.

Her body was reportedly left close to her house. The user also called on the police to unravel the mystery surrounding her death.

“Justice for my younger sister Adekolure Idowu Glory, who was rape and killed in lyowa Community Benin Edo state on her way back from school(Uniben) she went for her clearance and her corpse drop close to her mother’s house,” the post reads.

“Help us seek for justice for my kid sister that just graduated from University of Benin (Uniben) in April 2024 and still processing her projects and clearance and was rape to death on her way back from school on Thursday 13th/6/2024 just 22 years.

“Her lifeless body has been deposited to UBTH mortuary on the 15/6/24 with the help of the Nigerian police from Ekiadolor division, she was beaten, rape and killed please Nigerians come to my rescue, the help I need now is just for my innocent sister, my mum can’t hold herself.”

The police in Edo have yet to comment on the matter — as of the time of this report.

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