WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Eleven days after Braxton Moral, 17, graduated from high school on Sunday, he will receive his undergraduate degree from an Ivy League university.
- Gradually, the gifted teenager has been taking classes at Harvard University since he was 11 years old.
- Moral will receive a bachelor of liberal arts degree, with a major in government and a minor in English, and hopes to take up law at Columbia University.
A Kansas teen graduated from Ulysses High School last weekend and in less than two weeks will mark another milestone — receiving his undergraduate degree from Harvard University.
“I’m relieved to have a little bit of a head start,” the 17-year-old told “Good Morning America.”
Braxton Moral has been gradually taking classes at Harvard Extension School since he was eleven.
“I thought it really broadened my horizons. It helped me understand new things and what I want to do [in life],” said Moral.
He explained that the extension program lets students, without certain prerequisites, to enroll at the Ivy League university as long as they can perform at a high level.
Moral said he took some courses online and others were taken up during the summer at the Cambridge campus.
His parents, Carlos and Julie Moral, supported his fast-track academic pursuits to stimulate his education, according to the New York Post.
“My parents noticed I was bored in school and needed something to inspire growth, so they ended up finding the Extension School,” Moral said.
But he’s not always into books, as like any teenager he also enjoys playing video games and sports.
“[My friends] think I’m an absolute loser,” Moral joked. “No, but they’re supportive and they don’t treat me any differently.”
On May 30, he will receive a bachelor of liberal arts degree, with a major in government and a minor in English, and hopes to take up law at Columbia University.
Harvard’s associate professor in South Asian studies,Kevin McGrath, described Moral as “a remarkable and unique young scholar.”
“Intellectually, he is extraordinary, but more than that, it is his discipline and endeavor which has enabled him to begin adult life with such startling success,” McGrath told “GMA.”
Source: New York Post