Khaya Njumbe, at just 15 years old, has made history by becoming the youngest person to graduate from Indiana University Northwest!

According to IU Northwest News & Events, Khaya will soon graduate from the university with his bachelor’s degree in general studies. The teen already has three associate degrees in biology, liberal arts, and general studies. Khaya is pursuing his master’s degree and then the teen has hopes to tackle medical school.


“I guess a lot of people would think that I’m surprised, didn’t think I was going to be able to do this,” Khaya said in a recent interview with the school newspaper. “It’s pretty normal for me now because as far back as I can remember, that’s all I’ve known.”

Belinda and David Njumbe knew from an early age that their son was an extremely gifted scholar.

Khaya’s father David recalled that, “We can’t get him into any school. He was either too advanced to be in a class or too young to be in a class. That’s the dilemma.”

At the age of 12, Khaya had already exponentially surpassed his peers and started studying at IU, balancing online and in-person classes while maintaining his passions outside of school.

According to the IU News & Events article,” it wasn’t always easy [for Khaya] being the youngest one on campus — he’s been accused of having a fake school ID when playing basketball in the Savannah Gymnasium and mistook for a professor’s grandson while taking notes in a class.”

As mentioned, Khaya plans to continue his studies with the ultimate goal of pursuing a career in biomedical engineering. Congratulations, Khaya! We have not doubt that the future is going to yield incredible things for you. Of course, we cannot wait to see what is next for this brilliant young mind!


Photo: Indiana University Northwest

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