Mohamed is the youngest student of the semester at the university
TAMPA, Florida (WFLA) – For the first time since December 2019, the University of South Florida will hold in-person graduation ceremonies this weekend. In the past three semesters, graduation ceremonies have been virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While thousands will receive their degrees this weekend, Saefallah Mohamed will be the youngest graduate in the spring 2021 class at just 17 years of age.
Mohamed graduated from high school and community college when he was just 14 years old. Now, three years later, he will receive two USF baccalaureate degrees. One degree is in biomedical sciences and the other in public health.
“I’m going to do a master’s degree first, but then I want to go to medical school and be a surgeon of some kind,” said Mohamed.
USF is from the Mohamed family. Saefallah’s older brothers and mother are also USF graduates. In addition, being the youngest graduate in this class is something that your older siblings have also done before.
“They were role models for me, but there is also that fraternal competition. But I think it really came from an attempt to challenge us, ”said Mohamed.
On Saturday, May 8, the USF will hold two graduation ceremonies at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg with COVID-19 security protocols in place.