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Illinois 12-year-old graduates from junior college, plans to pursue higher education

Benyamin Bamburac, a remarkable 12-year-old, graduated from Joliet Junior College on Friday.

His academic journey began when he excelled in math classes beyond his grade level, his parents and the school to recognize his advanced learning abilities.

As the school could further challenge him, Beny’s parents decided to homeschool him. However, even at home, he quickly surpassed high school math courses.

Within just 10 months, Beny completed his home math curriculum, so his parents decided to enroll him in college where he successfully passed the placement test and even scored 100% in calculus one.

At only 12 years old, Benyamin is now a graduate of Joliet Junior College. He earned his Associate of Arts degree in mathematics in December, with high honors and a 3.878 grade point average.

And, on Friday, Benyamin became the youngest graduate in JJC history after enrolling there at just 10 years old.

“It just takes dedication, and I also learned early on, so it really helped me for today, because I needed more math to do,” Benyamin said.

His father said Beny, as his family calls him, was just 5 years old when he started doing calculus. By the time he was 10, he received his high school diploma.

When asked about his future plans, Beny expressed his focus on education, stating, “I’m thinking about school now, and then when I finish school, I’ll think about jobs.”

He’s now enrolled at Lewis University, where he will enter as a junior.