TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas graduate is making history at her high school. 18-year-old Kenzie Gardner will graduate from Grand Saline High School next Friday, but that's not all.
This week she participated in another graduation ceremony, at Tyler Junior College.
The two graduation ceremonies for Kenzie Gardner are possible since she took dual-credit courses through high school to earn her Associate's Degree in General Studies from TJC.
"When I saw that I was capable of reaching the full 60 hours to graduate, I would have done anything it took. Even if it meant taking classes in the summer. Doing whatever it took," Gardner said.
Gardner is the first student from Grand Saline to graduate high school and junior college in the same year. It's an achievement she said didn't come without sacrifices.
"I have a job, I coach Little Dribbles basketball team. So just making time for it, making time to study, was really tough," Gardner.
Next fall, Gardner will attend the University of Houston.
"I'm going to major in biology and then attend medical school after that," Gardner said.
With two years of college already under her belt, she would encourage other students to follow in her footsteps, across multiple graduation stages.
"If the opportunity is there, take it," Gardner said.
TJC leaders said they have about 2500 students in their dual credit program.