An 11-year-old boy, Laurent Simons has now been included among the youngest ever graduates from college after bagging his BSc. degree in Physics at Belgium’s University of Antwerp.
Laurent Simons came out with the best grade, after he graduated with 85%. He also completed his course in just one year, instead of the usual 3 years.
At age 11, Simons is now widely regarded as the second youngest graduate in the world, only behind Michael Kearney who bagged his own degree at age 10.
Simons ought to have broken this record but he dropped out of the Eindhoven University in 2019, while he was just 9 years. This happened because officials didn’t allow him to graduate before he clocked 10 years on 26th December.
Laurent Simons, while speaking with De Telegraaf (a Dutch newspaper) revealed that:
I don’t really care if I’m the youngest…it’s all about getting knowledge for me. This is the first puzzle piece in my goal of replacing body parts with mechanical parts. Immortality, that is my goal. I want to be able to replace as many body parts as possible with mechanical parts. I’ve mapped out a path to get there. You can see it as a big puzzle. Quantum physics—the study of the smallest particles—is the first piece of the puzzle. Two things are important in such a study: acquiring knowledge and applying that knowledge. To achieve the second, I want to work with the best professors in the world, look inside their brains and find out how they think.Laurent Simons
The University of Antwerp has confirmed the distinction and graduation of Simons.
According to The Brussels Times, a spokesperson at the University revealed that:
Simons has been studying for his bachelor’s degree in physics since March 2020, and he now graduated with 85 percent, which is the highest distinction. This year, he also took some courses from the master’s program. After the summer, he will officially start his master’s degree.