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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013 7:58 am

Graduation is just days away. Then, they’ll be moving on to the next phases of their life.

For many, it’s not a day too soon.

But for one Mesa student, Thursday’s graduation ceremony is actually a year early.

That’s because Kimran Sidhu, 16, is graduating from high school after just three years.

Last fall, the idea was planted by Kimran’s dad and school counselor. Both realized she just needed a few more credits to above what she already had planned in order to meet graduation requirements.

Kimran said she didn’t jump at the idea – at first.

“Then I thought about it and it sounded like a great idea,” she said. To make it happen, not only did Kimran take four classes at Red Mountain, but she took online courses.

She also had to transition into thinking like a senior earlier. So in the fall, she put her application in to Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. Shortly after, she received her acceptance letter and started her plans.

In the meantime, her older brother started attending the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. The program takes students – local and international – right out of high school and trains them to be doctors, a concept somewhat foreign in America, but familiar to Kimran and her parents, who are pharmacists originally from India.

“I already knew I was going to be a doctor,” she said. And being from India, “We always knew you didn’t have to do the four-year undergraduate route, but those kids who know what they want to do, they go straight from high school to graduate school.”

With her family supporting her, and the idea that, “it doesn’t hurt to apply,” Kimran submitted her application in December, did an interview in New York this past spring and learned a few weeks later she’d been accepted.

So now, she will report to Ireland in September, along with her brother, and should graduate with her medical degree by 22.

“For me, I’m not a procrastinator. When I come home from school, I get my homework done right away. I don’t wait for anything. I knew I had a deadline,” Kimran said.

As far as her plans for Ireland, “It is scary when I look at it. I’m going overseas. I’m leaving my family, but, part of it is my mom always said, ‘Get your studies done younger and you’ll enjoy more later,’” Kimran said.

Kimran will put on a cap and gown with 750 of her fellow Red Mountain High graduates Thursday night.

“It’s kind of shocking. But I’ve always been know as more mature, even through elementary school, I was one year younger than everyone,” she said. “But I cope with it well and get along with all people. That helped me.”


Mesa Unified School District campuses are scheduled to host graduation ceremonies Thurday night.

Graduation also will be held Thursday in Gilbert Unified School District’s Campo Verde High School, Gilbert High School, Highland High School and Mesquite High School. Desert Ridge High School and Gilbert Classical Academy will hold their ceremonies Wednesday.

Higley High School students will graduate Wednesday while sister school Williams Field High School will hold its ceremony Thursday.

Local Graduation Ceremonies:

Apache Junction High School: Wednesday, May 23

Gilbert Unified School District: Wednesday, May 22 (Desert Ridge HS, Gilbert Classical Academy); Thursday, May 23 (Campo Verde HS; Gilbert HS; Highland HS; Mesquite HS)

Higley Unified School District: Wednesday, May 22 (Higley HS); Thursday, May 23 (Williams Field HS

Mesa Unified School District: Thursday, May 23 (all schools)

Tempe Union High School District: Thursday, May 23 (all schools)

Queen Creek High School: Friday, May 24

Chandler Unified School District: Wednesday, May 29 (all schools)

- To learn more about other students in the Class of 2013, check out student profiles and lists of their top students from each district at

- To submit a profile about the top graduates in your East Valley school, contact Michelle Reese at

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