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13-year-old graduates from Oklahoma City Neighborhood College with science and cybersecurity degree


May 26, 2023

WATCH: 13-year-old tends to make history as youngest graduate from Oklahoma City Neighborhood College

Elijah Muhammad has accomplished one thing not several 13 year olds can brag about: He’s a college graduate.

The young teen lately walked the stage at Oklahoma City Neighborhood College soon after earning an associate’s degree in laptop 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 named Pro 1 Collegiate Academy and it generally accelerates your mastering into factors that you are interested in,” Elijah told “Very good Morning America.” “So, because 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 stated he would frequently catch the interest of other students in his neighborhood college courses, with some considering that an additional adult in the classroom was babysitting him.

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Elijah Muhammad receives his degree from Oklahoma City Neighborhood College.

“I told them that I was essentially in this class [at] my age — they have been shocked at very first,” he stated. “They believed I would just be quiet in class. But when I asked inquiries and I was interacting with the class, they have been extra shocked.”

Elijah’s older sister Shania Muhammad told KOCO her brother is “the smartest individual I know.”

“And regardless of if you are older or not, it is like I’ve in no way observed [anything] like him,” she stated.

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 type of did the identical approach,” stated Shania. “That is why I just went on to do my bachelor’s. I completed all the things in two and a half years. So I was just type of exploring and just possessing enjoyable, but it turned out pretty wonderful.”

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Elijah stated the siblings are “competitive,” but added, “When a person else requires assistance, we’re all there to assistance every other out.”

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Elijah Muhammad standing at graduation with his peers.

As a great deal as Elijah research, he also tends to make time for other activities, such as swimming and basketball. He is also a motivational speaker and hopes to assistance other individuals attain their ambitions.

“If you want to place your thoughts to generating 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.”