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Having an 18-year-old daughter with a doctorate is both “humbling” and “inspiring,” says Jimalita Tillman.

She is the mother of Dorothy Jean Tillman II, a Chicago teenager who last year earned a doctorate in integrated behavioral health from Arizona State University. The younger Tillman was just 17 at the time, the latest in a string of academic achievements, including a bachelor's degree at age 12 and a master's degree in environmental science at 14, both online.

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