Indiana Teen graduates from college 2 weeks before high school graduation.

Indiana’s Miss Raven Osborne is not your average 18-year-old. The astute high schooler is scheduled to graduate with the rest of her classmates on May 22. But before hitting that milestone, she will first graduate from college on May 5, which is Friday. That’s right: Osborne is graduating from college before high school.

“Yeah, they think I’m lying,” Osborne told CBS News.

She accomplished the daunting task through online classes, year-round community college and two years at Purdue University Northwest. Her semester-long college courses counted as a full year of high school credit.

“Sophomore, that was the most work. I had five high school classes, four college classes,” she recalled.

According to USA Today, she will earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in early-childhood education from Purdue.

Osborne is currently a senior at the 895-student 21st Century Charter School in Gary and apparently wasn’t thought to be the brightest student. She told the Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune in 2016 that there were times when she wanted to quit, but her mother constantly encouraged her and told her she could do it.

“When I was younger, I was labeled with a learning disability,” Osborne said. “My mother always told me I could do whatever I wanted to do in life.”

“She not only is academically gifted but has demonstrated amazing intellectual maturity in her pursuit of a baccalaureate degree at Purdue Northwest,” Purdue Northwest spokesman Wes Lukoshus told the Northwest Indiana Times.

It seems that juggling both a high school and a college workload didn’t slow down Osborne’s other ambitions, either.

According to USA Today, she also had a job at one point.

“I was working a midnight shift at a day care center. I just had to watch the children while they were sleeping, then feed them breakfast when they woke up. It was a day care for parents who worked a night shift. It just got to be too stressful, and I had to resign,” she told the Times.

However, all of Osborne’s hard work has paid off, because this fall she will be back at 21st Century Charter, not as a student, but as a teacher with a $38,000 annual salary.


  1. What? No racist comments? Maybe it’s too early for the racists to throw some insults at this young lady that has achieved something that the racist commentators can only dream about.I want to say congratulations and you are an inspiration to young people all over the United States.

    • Why should there be anything racist here? A very hard working young woman has accomplished something very few ever have or ever will. Proves you are the only thing that can hold yourself back from achieving a goal.

  2. Very proud of you, I know you are a gift that GOD has given this world to bring about many blessed an anointed changes, be proud of yourself and teach your accomplishments to as many who will lend and ear and mind to your great talents. Keep reaching for as much as your heart and mind will allow, you are a great gifted young, beautiful, caring sister full of soul.

  3. You are a wonderful role model for people of all ages! How proud you and your mom must be. God bless you both. I know the students you teach and mentor will be blessed by having you as an example of what intelligence and hard work accomplish. You go girl.


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