12-Year-Old North Carolina Boy Graduates from High School and College in the Same Week

Mike Wimmer and his parents, Melissa and Mark Wimmer, during his high school graduation. (Credit: Melissa Wimmer)

In the same week, Mike Wimmer and his family celebrated his high school and college graduations in Concord, North Carolina. And he is just 12 years old.

Mike completed four years of school in one year – two years of high school and a two-year associate’s degree. He graduated from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College on May 21 and from Concord Academy High School on May 28, where he was valedictorian.

He said his college GPA was 4.0, and his high school GPA was 5.45.

“I’d always just went through things at a much faster pace and always had these different out-of-the-box ideas to solve problems,” he told USA TODAY.

Mike started high school at age 9 and realized that with the amount of dual enrollment credits he was taking, he could finish his associate’s degree simultaneously. He graduated with an associate in the arts.

Though Mike was much younger than his classmates in high school and college, his mother, Melissa Wimmer, said he adjusted to the age gap easily. While she says she was worried, she credits the easy transition to his ability to make friends “with anyone and everyone.”

When he wasn’t focused on his academics, Mike founded two companies. His first is Next Era Innovations, where he develops robotic applications and programming. His newest project is Reflect Social, in which Mike said he’s solving the problem of having separate applications on separate devices. Reflect Social combines various applications onto one compatible device.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Gabriela Miranda

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