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12-year-old girl makes history as youngest graduate in Canada, set to earn PhD degree

An exceptional 12-year-old girl named Anthaea-Grace Patricia Dennis has made history as the youngest in the history of Canada to become a graduate. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and is set to earn a PhD. degree.

Anthaea-Grace Patricia Dennis was admitted to study Biomedical Sciences at the University of Ottawa in Canada at the age of 9.

Though she faced some obstacles such as prejudgment by older classmates about her speech construction and behavioral attitude as a young girl, she did not allow it to hinder her progress and this enabled her to graduate from the university within three years.

“I’m going to be happy for myself too, not just for other people, I am proud of myself for getting to this point, despite all the hurdles and blocks that there have been for a person like me,” she said.

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Patricia’s mother, Johanna Dennis, has always supported her since she noticed her unique skills and talents at the age of 2. Being a law professor and a single mother, Johanna played a vital role in nurturing Patricia’s talents and ensuring her success.

Patricia also established herself as a researcher while she was in the university, she completed a 40-page thesis exploring the relationship between functional activity in the cerebellum and handedness in less than a year which she presented and was approved by the Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Biology Symposium.

She said she’s excited to get her own lab and work with others on her research about the cerebellum which is the part of the brain responsible for coordinating balance and movement.


“I can now call myself a researcher, I feel like the master of the cerebellum,” Patricia said.

Asides from her excellent academic achievements, Patricia is also a fulfilled violinist. She mentioned that she enjoys spending time with her cats and watching TV shows with her family.

Looking forward, Patricia said she plans to pursue postgraduate studies as she aspires to continue her research on functional activity in the cerebellum. She also dreams of having her own research lab and leading a team of researchers like her.

“I’m very motivated by the fact that I can be the first (to do) something. You know, being able to show other young, gifted, and talented people that something like this is possible, that you can get through these roadblocks, has always been something that I’ve always wanted to do,” she said.

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