WATCH: 13-year-old tends to make history as youngest graduate from Oklahoma City Neighborhood College
Elijah Muhammad has accomplished one thing not quite a few 13 year olds can brag about: He’s a college graduate.
The young teen lately walked the stage at Oklahoma City Neighborhood College following earning an associate’s degree in laptop or computer science and cybersecurity.
Elijah told ABC News affiliate KOCO that he also has ten IBM certifications, one particular Google IT certification and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University.
“My dad has a homeschool system known as Pro One particular Collegiate Academy and it fundamentally accelerates your studying into items that you are interested in,” Elijah told “Superior Morning America.” “So, considering the fact that I was interested in cybersecurity, it accelerated me in that and I was in a position to go to college early.”
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Elijah mentioned he would frequently catch the consideration of other students in his neighborhood college courses, with some pondering that an additional adult in the classroom was babysitting him.
Elijah Muhammad receives his degree from Oklahoma City Neighborhood College.
“I told them that I was really in this class [at] my age — they had been shocked at 1st,” he mentioned. “They believed I would just be quiet in class. But when I asked concerns and I was interacting with the class, they had been much more shocked.”
Elijah’s older sister Shania Muhammad told KOCO her brother is “the smartest particular person I know.”
“And regardless of if you are older or not, it is like I’ve under no circumstances noticed [anything] like him,” she mentioned.
Shania, who spoke with KOCO about graduating from Langston University at just 15 years old, worked with Elijah and helped inspire him to graduate early.
“I got two associate’s degrees at 14 years old, and I sort of did the exact same approach,” mentioned Shania. “That is why I just went on to do my bachelor’s. I completed anything in two and a half years. So I was just sort of exploring and just obtaining entertaining, but it turned out fairly wonderful.”
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Elijah mentioned the siblings are “competitive,” but added, “When somebody else requirements support, we’re all there to support every single other out.”
Elijah Muhammad standing at graduation with his peers.
As substantially as Elijah research, he also tends to make time for other activities, which includes swimming and basketball. He is also a motivational speaker and hopes to support other individuals attain their objectives.
“If you want to place your thoughts to creating a four., you can do it,” Elijah told KOCO. “If you want to place your thoughts to winning a state championship, you can do it. You just gotta place in the function that it requires to achieve that.”