WATCH: 13-year-old makes historical past as youngest graduate from Oklahoma Metropolis Neighborhood School
Elijah Muhammad has achieved one thing not many 13 12 months olds can brag about: He is a school graduate.
The younger teen just lately walked the stage at Oklahoma Metropolis Neighborhood School after incomes an affiliate’s diploma in laptop science and cybersecurity.
Elijah advised 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 principally accelerates your studying into issues that you just’re excited about,” Elijah advised “Good Morning America.” “So, since I used to be excited 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 mentioned he would usually be a magnet for different college students in his group school programs, with some considering that one other grownup within the classroom was babysitting him.
Elijah Muhammad receives his diploma from Oklahoma Metropolis Neighborhood School.
“I advised them that I used to be truly on this class [at] my age — they have been shocked at first,” he mentioned. “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 advised KOCO her brother is “the neatest individual I do know.”
“And no matter in case you’re older or not, it is like I’ve by no means seen [anything] like him,” she mentioned.
Shania, who spoke with KOCO about graduating from Langston College at simply 15 years outdated, labored with Elijah and helped encourage him to graduate early.
“I acquired two affiliate’s levels at 14 years outdated, and I type of did the identical course of,” mentioned Shania.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 type of exploring and simply having enjoyable, however it turned out fairly wonderful.”
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Elijah mentioned 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 together 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 advised KOCO. “If you wish to put your thoughts to successful a state championship, you are able to do it. You simply gotta put within the work that it takes to perform that.”