Texas A&M holds early graduation ceremony for student whose dad has terminal cancer

- Jim Brewer is nearing the end of his battle with pancreatic cancer, but one of his concerns was he wouldn’t live long enough to see his 23-year-old daughter Jenny graduate from his alma mater, Texas A&M University, in May.

But Brewer, 57, didn’t have to wait. That’s because Tuesday, the Aggies brought the ceremony to his Austin, Texas, home, where he got to see his daughter with her cap and gown, amid dozens of friends and family, My Statesman reported.

“One of the last things on my bucket list was to see my daughter graduate, but I didn’t think I was going to make it,” Jim told My Statesman before the 1:30 p.m. ceremony, which took place in front of the family’s home driveway. “Just seeing her get her degree …”

Brewer’s son Nick, 26, came up with the idea. A week prior to the ceremony, he called Daniel Pugh, vice president for student affairs, who is a friend of Nick’s, and asked about the possibility of a home ceremony. Pugh said yes.


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