CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - As many 17-year-olds are preparing to graduate from high school, one Lowcountry 17-year-old is preparing to graduate from college.
Amber Williams is the youngest student at Charleston Southern University, and in May, she will become the second youngest to earn her college degree from the university, according to Charleston Southern spokesman John Strubel.
Williams enrolled at Charleston Southern as a full-time student at age 13.
She is a psychology major with a double minor in French and biology and is also a member of the CSU Honors Program.
Williams started kindergarten at age four and moved up into first grade classes within weeks. She also skipped third, fifth and seventh grades. After completing the fourth-grade in a traditional school, her mother, who teaches at James Island Elementary, began homeschooling Amber.
Williams will graduate on May 9 at the North Charleston Coliseum. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.
In 1998, John Riney became the first student to graduate from the university at age 16. Riney graduated with a degree in computer science.