One Sacramento community college may have made history during its annual graduation ceremony on Wednesday. Along with some 1,800 graduates, 11-year-old Tanishq Abraham graduated from American River College with three (yes, three) associate degrees, making him possibly the youngest ever graduate in the school's 60-year history.
With a perfect 4.0 grade point average, the Indian-American preteen graduated with degrees in math and physical science, general science and language studies.
"Even the first time I came to a college class I wasn't really nervous," said Tanishq, in his cap and gown and a handmade rainbow-colored knit scarf from his 82-year-old grandmother. "So this [graduation] isn't much of a big thing for me."
American River College spokesman Scott Crow told NBC Bay Area on Thursday:
"The assumption is that he's the all-time youngest. But we don't have all the archives to completely confirm. He was definitely the youngest this year."
Making headlines is nothing new for the child prodigy. Last year, he graduated from high school — also with a perfect 4.0 GPA — at the age of 10, eight years ahead of his peers. Tanishq, who found himself "bored" in regular school, was later homeschooled by his mother, Taji Abraham, though his studies have been paired with classes at ARC since he was seven.
Oh, did we mention he also wants to be a Nobel Prize laureate, a medical doctor or researcher and become President of the United States?
NBC Bay Area that Tanishq has been a member of Mensa International, an organization for people whose IQs fall in the top 2 percent of the population, since he was four.
The "genius" gene appears to run in his family. His nine-year-old sister, Tiara, is also a Mensa member, and his mother Taji is a veterinarian whose PhD studies were put on hold while she homeschooled Tanishq. His father, Bijou, is a software engineer, Cornell University graduate and SAT math perfect-scorer, according to KCRA.