Braxton Moral walked across the stage at his high school graduation ceremony last Sunday, and in less than two weeks, he’ll be topping that off with a degree from Harvard. That’s pretty fast.
That kind of academic achievement takes an extraordinary mind, but from an early age, the now-17-year-old from Ulysses, Kansas, was far from ordinary. He was just 11 when his parents enrolled him in the iconic institution.
“My parents noticed I was bored in school and needed something to inspire growth, so they ended up finding the Extension School,” he told CNN, alluding to Harvard’s degree program for non-traditional learners.
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The program, which features most of its courses online, was designed for people with jobs, for those who are outside the typical age range, or for atypical students, Moral explained.
Yet, taking two sets of courses—his high school work plus his Harvard work—was a challenge. Moral’s high school graciously accommodated this by letting him work on his Harvard courses for a couple hours each day, he said.
Students of Harvard Extension School are also required to earn 16 credit hours in person at the renowned campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Moral, who has a passion for law and politics, majored in government, with a minor in English. Now, he has his sights on attending law school and says he would like to attend Columbia University in Manhattan, New York.
“I am, of course, excited to end this chapter of my life and anxious to begin the next,” he told CNN.
A spokesperson from Harvard University confirmed that Moral is, indeed, a degree candidate. He’s slated to walk the stage for a second time in a month on May 30th.
Unfortunately, Moral’s parents were unable to attend his high school graduation for health reasons. His mother recently had a kidney transplant, explained Moral’s sister, 29-year-old Brittney Jo Seger, to CNN. But they are all keen on being there when he receives his degree.
“We can’t wait for Harvard graduation next week and for Brax to start a new chapter in his life and focus on his love for politics,” Seger said.
“When he was little, his vocabulary was extraordinary,” she added. “Something my mom, sister and I noticed early on was his memory. That’s one of the things that makes him incredible. But he can look at anything or read anything, and he will instantly remember it forever.”
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Growing up with such a smart younger brother had its drawbacks, though, as she explained: “This didn’t always benefit us older kids!”
Braxton Moral is also coming out with a book titled “Harvard in the Heartland,” telling his story as “an intellectually gifted boy from a small farming town in Western Kansas,” according to the synopsis.