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Grants Pass 18-year-old graduates from Southern Oregon University

Jonathan Reinard is graduating from Southern Oregon University after 3 years. He started when he was 15.

Posted: May 26, 2019 6:30 PM
Updated: May 26, 2019 6:30 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore.,--Jonathan Reinard will be the youngest in Southern Oregon Unversity class to walk across the stage and get his diploma June 15th. He turned 18 only two months ago and will be graduating after just three years in college. He got appected to SOU at 15, when he graduated high school.

"It's quite an honor to know that they were willing to take a chance on me at 15 to accept me to SOU," says Reinard.

Reinard majored in criminal justice and minored in psychology. But the road to success hasn't been a smooth one. His mom, Natalie Castle, says he had to be home schooled due to medical problems.

"This kid has struggled. When he was very young, he was hospitalized for a long time, he has struggled with many medical conditions along the way...in and out of hospitals," says Castle.

When I asked Reinard where he found the inspiration to excel, he pointed to his mom.

"I've kind of followed in her boot steps. I've just been inspired by her and what she's done," he says.

Castle also graduated high school and got her associates degree at a young age. Reinard says his next step will be pursuring law school.

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