GMC student makes history with diploma, degree on the same day

Chase Sheffield graduated with a high school diploma and associates degree from GMC on the same day / Perry Smith (WGXA)

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- An 18-year-old accomplished something no one from Georgia Military College has done before -- graduated with both a high school diploma and college degree at the same time.

"He has played football, he has been on the rowing team, he has played baseball, tennis, golf, almost every sport that we have," said GMC Principal Pam Grant.

But, Chase Sheffield is more than just a high school athlete.

"He's the second highest ranking officer that we have in the second battalion," Grant said.

There's still more.

"He has a perfect 4.0 in his college classes and in his high school classes and he is the salutatorian for the class of 2017," Grant said.

While Sheffield's resume of military ranking, grades and athletics may sound impressive, that's not how he's leaving his mark in the GMC history book.

Sheffield is the first student to ever graduate and earn two different degrees on the same day through the Move on When Ready program.

"The Move on When Ready program allows me to take dual enrollment or college classes at the same time as high school classes and they give you credit for high school and college classes at the same time," Sheffield said.

His reasons for increasing his work load are simple -- time and money.

"It just gets you ahead," Sheffield said. "You're saving money and it looks really good on a college transcript to know that you're in high school, involved in extra-circulars and graduated from another school at the same time."

Sheffield will next attend the University of Tennessee on a four-year Army ROTC scholarship.

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