Kansas teen graduating from Harvard to receive high school, college diplomas at same time

A 16-year-old Kansas student who will be graduating from his high school and Harvard University is set to be "the one and only" person to earn both a high school degree and a bachelor's degree from the Ivy League school at the same time, according to his father.

Braxton Moral, a senior at Ulysses High School in Ulysses, roughly 230 miles west of Wichita, will become the only student to successfully pursue the two degrees at the same time, The Hutchinson News reported. If all goes well, he will collect his high school diploma on May 19 and will receive his bachelor's degree 11 days later, on May 30.

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Moral's father, Carlos Moral, said that when his son was in third grade, educators told his parents: "You need to do something. He's not just gifted. He's really, really gifted."

Carlos Moral told the newspaper that he and wife Julie took Braxton to a community college to be tested and said that "they thought the machine was broken. He was like off the scale, beyond an associate's degree."

This photo shows the high school and Harvard University identification cards which Ulysses High School senior Braxton Moral carries because he is currently attending both schools concurrently.

This photo shows the high school and Harvard University identification cards which Ulysses High School senior Braxton Moral carries because he is currently attending both schools concurrently. (Sandra J. Milburn/The Hutchinson News via AP)

Braxton went on to skip the fourth grade, and the Ulysses school district allowed him to take some high school classes while he was still in middle school. Before he entered high school, the boy took a class at Fort Hays State University and was then admitted to Harvard.

Braxton simultaneously studied at the high school and the Harvard Extension School — a program which typically serves adults who work and can't attend classes on campus full time.

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A math teacher at Moral's high school served as the proctor for the Harvard program, administering the boy's tests in Kansas. Moral spent the summer before his junior year at Harvard's campus in Cambridge, Mass.

Braxton Moral sits in the computer room of Ulysses High School on Dec. 12. He uses the computer room to work on his Harvard studies for approximately three hours each school day.

Braxton Moral sits in the computer room of Ulysses High School on Dec. 12. He uses the computer room to work on his Harvard studies for approximately three hours each school day. (Sandra J. Milburn/The Hutchinson News via AP)

"We constantly are monitoring Braxton to make sure he is not too overwhelmed," Moral's mother, Julie Moral, told The Hutchinson News. "No achievement is worth him being unhappy."

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Moral is on track to graduate from the university's Bachelor of Liberal Arts program, with a major in government and a minor in English, according to Harry Pierre, associate director of communications for Harvard's Division of Continuing Education.

Moral said he hopes to attend Harvard Law School next, and told the paper that "politics is end game" for him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.