WATCH: 13-year-old makes historical past as youngest graduate from Oklahoma Metropolis Group Faculty
Elijah Muhammad has achieved one thing not many 13 12 months olds can brag about: He is a university graduate.
The younger teen just lately walked the stage at Oklahoma Metropolis Group Faculty after incomes an affiliate’s diploma in pc science and cybersecurity.
Elijah informed ABC Information affiliate KOCO that he additionally has 10 IBM certifications, one Google IT certification and is pursuing a bachelor’s diploma at Oklahoma State College.
“My dad has a homeschool program known as Professional One Collegiate Academy and it mainly accelerates your studying into issues that you simply’re curious about,” Elijah informed “Good Morning America.” “So, since I used to be curious about cybersecurity, it accelerated me in that and I used to be in a position to go to varsity early.”
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Elijah stated he would usually be a magnet for different college students in his neighborhood school programs, with some considering that one other grownup within the classroom was babysitting him.
Elijah Muhammad receives his diploma from Oklahoma Metropolis Group Faculty.
“I informed them that I used to be really on this class [at] my age — they have been shocked at first,” he stated. “They thought I’d simply be quiet at school. However after I requested questions and I used to be interacting with the category, they have been extra shocked.”
Elijah’s older sister Shania Muhammad informed KOCO her brother is “the neatest particular person I do know.”
“And no matter if you happen to’re older or not, it is like I’ve by no means seen [anything] like him,” she stated.
Shania, who spoke with KOCO about graduating from Langston College at simply 15 years previous, labored with Elijah and helped encourage him to graduate early.
“I received two affiliate’s levels at 14 years previous, and I form of did the identical course of,” stated Shania. “That is why I simply went on to do my bachelor’s. I accomplished every part in two and a half years. So I used to be simply form of exploring and simply having enjoyable, however it turned out fairly wonderful.”
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Elijah stated the siblings are “aggressive,” however added, “When another person wants assist, we’re all there to assist one another out.”
Elijah Muhammad standing at commencement along with his friends.
As a lot as Elijah research, he additionally makes time for different actions, together with swimming and basketball. He’s additionally a motivational speaker and hopes to assist others obtain their targets.
“If you wish to put your thoughts to creating a 4.0, you are able to do it,” Elijah informed KOCO. “If you wish to put your thoughts to profitable a state championship, you are able to do it. You simply gotta put within the work that it takes to perform that.”