Dying Dad Goes to Glory Two Hours Later After His Last Wish To See His Son Graduate Is Fulfilled

Travis father was suffering from cancer and didn't have much time to live. The hospital staff and the school authorities organized early graduation for Travis, so his father could see him graduate. His father died two hours later.
The dying wish of a father in North Carolina to see his son graduate came true on May 10. He died two hours later. There were emotional scenes at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Bolivia, North Carolina with the hospital staff lining up as Travis Grimsley, 19, walked the corridor to the tunes of Pomp and Circumstance that is usually played during graduation ceremonies in a video shared by the hospital. Travis walked into the room where his father, Ronald Grimsley, 54, was kept before hugging his family members, teachers and finally his principal from whom he received his diploma.

Travis was set to graduate with the rest of his senior class at the West Brunswick High School in late May, but many knew that his father had only a few days left to live. A group of people who knew Travis and his family and mostly the thoughtful staff of the hospital stepped up so that Ronald could watch his son accept his diploma. Sandy Duncan, clinical nurse manager at the hospice told People, "I knew his dad was dying of cancer, so I called the school to see what we could pull together.”
Travis' principal and his teachers were equally cooperative. Rhonda Benton, principal at West Brunswick High School, contacted some of Travis’ favorite teachers to make an early graduation for Travis possible. At Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Duncan worked with a handful of staffers to get decorations for the hospital room. They got "2019" signs and a podium and even got a recording of Pomp and Circumstance.
Dying Dad Goes to Glory Two Hours Later After His Last Wish To See His Son Graduate Is Fulfilled

Benton said, "I’ve been in administration for 22 years and we’d never done anything like this, but it’s all about the kids and the impact you can have, so we knew we had to make it happen. It’s the most moving experience I’ve ever been a part of. I always tear up when I hear ‘Pomp and Circumstance,’ but when he came down the hallway and got to the door of his dad’s room and he started crying, we all started crying.”
Dying Dad Goes to Glory Two Hours Later After His Last Wish To See His Son Graduate Is Fulfilled

On the morning of May 10, family and friends gathered in Ronald's room. Travis then put on his cap and gown and marched down the hall of the hospice center and into his dad’s room, where his principal handed him his diploma. "It was very exciting and so heartfelt. It was really emotional and so special that we were able to make this happen for this young man and his family. It was very emotional, very touching. We were all tired after, emotionally and physically, but we did the right thing," Duncan said.
Dying Dad Goes to Glory Two Hours Later After His Last Wish To See His Son Graduate Is Fulfilled

"He just looked up and smiled. I knew he was so happy," Travis told WECT. Ronald died two hours later. Benton added, "This was life-changing for Travis. I know he’ll never forget that.” Ronald was buried in Fairmont. Pastor Tim Tyner, of Baltimore Baptist Church, expressed the deep loss that everyone felt. "Ronnie knew the end was in sight. We can all learn to be prepared and let those we love know, while we’re here," he said at Ronald's gravesite.