COLUMBUS, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man has received his dying wish to see his son graduate from college, thanks to a little help from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.
The Northwestern newspaper reports that when it became clear that cancer-stricken George Salzwedel wouldn't make it until his son's commencement on Dec. 18, university officials pulled some strings.
So on Nov. 2, the university took a tiny commencement to the Salzwedel home in Columbus. There were caps and gowns, a diploma and some family friends brought cake.
Salzwedel's 22-year-old son, Eric, was the first member of the family to go to college.
Registrar Lisa Danielson was there. She says everyone clapped when Eric moved his tassel from one side to the other. A few hours later, George died.
His wife says seeing the graduation meant everything to him.