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Monday, April 15, 2024

21-year-old African American pilot who earned two bachelors degrees before finishing high school, bags masters degree in Space

21-year-old African American, Kegan Martindale-Hernandez earned two bachelor’s degrees before finishing high school and has bagged a master’s degree in Space Operation at Embry‑Riddle Aeronautical University.

Kegan is a licensed pilot from Conneticut started his academic journey early when he obtained his first degree from Embry‑Riddle Aeronautical University at the age of 17. He proceeded to bag a bachelors degree in Aeronautics.

He was able to achieve the feat through the dual Embry‑Riddle Aeronautical University he started while he was in high school. Kegan went on to study for his master’s degree in Space Operations.

Kegan said growing up, he had shown a fascination with aviation and engineering at a young age. He said in an interview with Embry‑Riddle Aeronautical University that he started tinkering with joysticks and building planes, trains, and boats out of LEGO blocks as a toddler.

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Kegan stated that when he got to high school, the environment left him feeling bored and detached which made his mother decide to enroll him in an aviation program that he found exciting.

The dual enrollment program allowed him to take college courses while still in high school. “The program is life-changing and can help so many families to save money,” Kegan said.

”It also allows grad school to become an option much earlier than you anticipated and can help you land a more favorable position in your field much earlier in life. The way I see it, Dual Enrollment is a valuable head start,” he added.



Reflecting on his experience, Kegan said he faced the challenges of balancing in-person and online classes, missed sleep patterns, and weekend commitments. However, the hard work paid off when he secured his associate’s degree in Aeronautics followed by a seamless transition to online learning.

Kegan said looking forward, he envisions a career as a commercial pilot and hopes to venture into the aerospace sector, possibly with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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