11-year-old Indian-American graduates from college; earns Barack Obama’s attention

An Indian-American home- schooled boy has surprised one and all by graduating from a US college at the age of 11 with three associate degrees in maths, science and foreign language studies.

Tanishq Abraham, a native of Sacramento, California, graduated from American River College in Sacramento (ARC), California, alongside 1,800 students. Abraham is the youngest person to graduate from American River College this year. “The assumption is that he’s the all-time youngest,” American River College spokesman Scott Crow told NBC News.

Abraham last year became one of the youngest ever in the US to graduate high school. Home-schooled since the age of 7, Abraham passed a state exam in March last year that certified he had met the appropriate academic standards to receive his high school diploma. His achievement last year had earned the attention of President Barack Obama — who had sent Tanishq a congratulatory letter. Abraham joined MENSA, the prominent high IQ society, when he was only four-years-old. Abraham told a local TV station that the milestone of graduating from college was not “much of a big thing for me.” His mother, Taji Abraham, said he has always been ahead of the class. “Even in kindergarten he was pretty ahead, a few years ahead — and then it just went from there,”

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