11-year-old William Maillis graduates from St. Petersburg College

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. — An 11-year-old is set to graduate Saturday from St. Petersburg College with an associate degree. 

William Maillis has attended classes at the Tarpon Spring campus since he graduated high school in 2016. He was just 9 when he earned his diploma from Penn-Trafford High School near Pittsburgh at age 9.

He said at college it wasn't only professors asking him questions — but students too. 

"How old are you? Are you seriously in college? Stuff like that," said Maillis. 

His parents say he has always been on a "fast track." They say as a 1-year-old he could do addition and subtraction, as a 3-year-old he learned the alphabet in six languages and as a 4-year-old he moved on to Algebra. 

"Everybody has gifts from God. I was gifted with knowledge and science and history," said Maillis.

William said he has dreams of becoming an astrophysicist, but for now he'll focus on taking classes at the University of South Florida.

"At first, it was definitely different, but you get used to it," said Maillis. 

Maillis graduates on Saturday during a commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. 

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