A set of Ohio quadruplets is celebrating their joint graduation from Yale University — and revealing that their four years in the Ivy League were a great opportunity to branch out on their own. Aaron, Nick, Zach, and Nigel Wade, all 22, spent their whole lives together in Liberty Township, Ohio, where they were known collectively as The Quads or the Wade brothers.
But even though all four attended the same college — which had a total undergraduate population of just 6,092 last year — they ad*itted to People this week that they only saw one another a couple of times a semester as they all pursued different majors and e*tracurri*ulars.
The Wades naturally spent a lot of time growing up and had friends in common — but all that changed when they went away to Yale.
‘In high school, we all knew the same people. So in a sense, that didn’t allow us to divert as much as we might’ve wanted to,’ said Nick. ‘But in college, because there’s so many different types of people, and we had so many different diverse interests, I think we were able to carve our paths in our own way.’
‘We grew up in this town where we had always exis-ted as The Quads or the Wade brothers,’ added Aaron. ‘But when we got to Yale, it was very much small fish in a big pond. Nobody really knew who we were. I feel that when people met me at Yale, they met Aaron Wade, as opposed to one of the quadruplets.’
Each of the young men pick-ed different areas of study and different ways to spend their time. Nick, who worked with refugees and immigrants, majored in political science and minored in Arabic.
Aaron, who was musical director of an a cappella group, double ma*ored in computer science and psychology. Zach, who was president of the National Society of Black Engineers at school, double majored in chemical engineering and economics.
And Nigel, who was pre-med, majored in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. In fact, there was only one occasion when any of the brothers shared a class when Aaron and Nigel were in the same 2,000-person psychology lecture. Not only did they all make their own groups of friends, but they say they only saw each other a couple of times a semester.
‘I wouldn’t just be walking on the street and just be like, “Oh hey, there’s my brother,”‘ said Aaron. ‘When that happened, I would be shook. I’d be like, “Oh my God, I completely forgot that you go to this school.”‘
‘For a long time, it felt like we were all a singular collective unit of a protagonist in the same show,’ said Aaron. But since going to Yale, ‘It was just cool to brag like, “Oh, I have three brothers, and they’re all so smart and talented.”‘
Still, they were glad to know that the others were always nearby. ‘It’s a safety net that you already always know is there, and you know you’ll always have people to support you,’ said Nigel. ‘There’s probably no one else on the planet who understands me better than my brothers. You know that there’s someone who’s going to be in your corner.’
The brothers, who celebrated their graduation last month at a New Haven pizza restaurant with their parents, are now going their separate ways for post-grad life.
Nick and Zach both got jobs at Goldman Sachs, but Nick will be in New York City and Zach will be in San Francisco. Meanwhile, Nigel will stay in New Haven for two years to complete a research program in a Parkinson’s di*ea!e lab. After that, he plans to apply to medical school.
Aaron will also be in New Haven for one more semester, where he’ll be doing his senior thesis. He officially graduates in December, and already has a job lined up at Google in New York City. The brothers’ parents, Darrin and Kim Wade, conceived the quadruplets through a conceived through fertility procedure, welcoming them in 1999.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 512 sets of quadruplets were born in the country in 1999.
It wasn’t a foregone conclusion that they would all go to the same school. Though all four got into both Harvard and Yale, they were accepted to a combined 59 colleges — and settled on their school of choice because of an ‘extraordinary’ financial aid package.
‘Yale won,’ their father, Darrin, a senior staff software architect for General Elec*ric, told NBC News in 2017. ‘They made the best offer, and it was the benchmark for my sons.
‘Not only that, but the alumni reached out and made themselves available to us as a family,’ he added. ‘I had people I didn’t know calling and saying we want your sons there and they are going to be sure they are taken care of.’