A teenager from Kansas just got his high school diploma — and less than two weeks later he’ll be getting a degree from Harvard.
What’s the story?
Braxton Moral, a 17-year-old from Ulysses, Kansas, graduated from high school Sunday. On May 30, he will graduate with a Harvard Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Harvard Extension School.
Moral began taking classes at Harvard Extension School (which is affiliated with but separate from Harvard University) when he was 11 years old. Many of the courses he took were online, but he also travelled during the summer to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to take classes on campus.
“I’m relieved to have a little bit of a head start,” Moral said during an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I thought it really broadened my horizons. It helped me understand new things and what I want to do.”
Moral said that Harvard Extension School “allows people to take classes for development, for fun,” but he kept taking classes until he had enough for a degree.
Somehow even with all this studying, Moral still found time for movies, video games, and playing sports. He’s also writing a book about his experience, titled, “Harvard in the Heartland.”
“He always said big words and was different, but that’s when we kind of noticed, when he was about a year to 18 months,” Moral’s older sister, Brittney Jo Segar, told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “Myself and the rest of my family are extremely proud of him. He’s worked so hard to get to this point.”
Now that he’s done with college, Moral plans to attend law school at Columbia University.