Computer science major James B. Smith was among thousands of students celebrating graduation from LSU this week -- the university’s largest spring graduating class in history.

But at just 16 years old, Smith has the distinction of being the youngest person ever to receive a degree from the university.

“I think it’s still kind of sinking in,” he said Friday just before the College of Engineering diploma ceremony. “It feels good.”

LSU colleges held several diploma-awarding ceremonies throughout the day Friday, following a Thursday night main commencement event.

Smith, who enrolled in LSU when he was just 13 years old, had been homeschooled.

“It was different walking into my first class and there were about 900 people in it,” he joked.

He said he’s looking for a job, and hoping someone will be willing to “take a chance” on him, despite his youth.

“I haven’t ironed all the details out yet,” he said. When it was announced during the Engineering College ceremony that one of the graduates on the floor was just 16, the crowd gasped before ringing out in applause.

During the College of Business diploma ceremony earlier in the day, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana executive Peggy Scott urged the graduates to seize their futures and “be productive.”

“’Someday’ is not a day on any calendar,” she said. “It never comes.”

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