11-year-old Florida boy earns college degree


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – An 11-year-old boy who was declared a genius at the age of five now has a degree from St. Petersburg College.

William Maillis, who is just more than a decade old, graduated from the college on Saturday morning with an Associate in Arts. The college held its 137th commencement at the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks in Largo.

According to St. Petersburg College officials, Maillis learned addition and subtraction when he was just one year old. By the time he was three, he knew the alphabet in three languages. When he was four years old, Maillis had learned algebra and started elementary school.

An Ohio State University psychologist declared Maillis a genius when he was five.

The pre-teen has never been homeschooled, and graduated from a Pittsburgh area high school when he was nine years old.

In August, Maillis will transfer to the University of South Florida where he will pursue his dream of becoming an astrophysicist. 

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