At age 17 in May, Braxton Moral collected a four-year bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. He received his Ulysses High School diploma the previous week.
His dual-diploma accomplishment marked a first for the Ivy League institution, founded in 1636.
Moral, now 18, took a combination of online and on-campus courses at Harvard Extension School. He majored in government and is now attending Washburn University School of Law.
“I’ve always enjoyed government, politics, and this was the best next step to get on that path,” he said.
By the time Moral was in third grade in Ulysses, teachers told his parents, Carlos and Julie Moral, about their son’s accelerated performance in school. Moral’s parents took him to Seward County Community College to be tested. He skipped the fourth grade, and later Duke University’s Talent Identification Program suggested the Morals contact Harvard.
Since his dual graduations, NBC’s Sunday Today and Fox & Friends aired stories about Moral. He also received the Teen Choice Take Note Award, presented by Crayola.
“He wants to make a difference, now more than ever,” his father said. “The platform he’s been given, he’s taken responsibility in it.
“He thinks the exposure has helped Kansas, and he wants to promote it.”