Kyle Woods and his father Greg

Alabama High School Fulfilled Father’s Dying Wish To See Son’s Graduation Early

There are times in life that a parent has where they get to see a wish of their own come true. While we all have our own goals and aspirations, once people become parents, they always make it a goal of theirs to see their child succeed, and it’s not about their successes anymore. One step in doing that, and going into adulthood, is getting to their high school graduation. One father was worried he would not get to see his son graduate, so an Alabama High School allowed him to see his son’s graduation early.

Mortimer Jordan High School, located in Kimberly, Alabama, has been around for nearly 100 years. However, they may be nearing this mark by doing their greatest act. Father Greg Woods wanted to see his son Kyle graduate from high school, like many parents wanted this Spring. The School planned to have a normal graduation like always, but Principal Barbara Snider and staff were informed that Mr. Woods was in a bad way with his health, and may not live long enough to see his son graduate at the scheduled date next week.

Greg Woods told AL.com:

“They told me years ago that I probably wouldn’t ever get to see my kids graduate because of the COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and how far it had progressed. So far this year I’ve been in the hospital more than I’ve been out. They’ve been trying to get me to this point just to see my son graduate.”

The 52-year-old father has also suffered from heart disease among other medical issues for the last number of years, and he is now on hospice. In order for him to see his son Kyle graduate, the school granted the wish of a dying father to have an early graduation for him and his family, so that Mr. Woods could see it.

18-year-old Kyle was obviously happy his father was able to make it to the ceremony, saying:

“Looking over and seeing him smile, that meant about everything in the world to me. I feel like it wouldn’t have been special if he wasn’t here. It just means a lot because my dad just wanted to see that I would make it, that I would be okay in life.”

Every parent wants to see their child graduate from school, but the child also wants their parent to be there to see them walk to get their diploma after so many years of hard work that they put in.

Mortimer Jordan Early Graduation
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