Brunswick teen has early graduation ceremony in dad’s hospice room


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s a bittersweet graduation story out of Brunswick County. A West Brunswick High School senior’s father was able to see his son graduate at his bedside in hospice care.

On Friday, staff from Lower Cape Fear Hospice, West Brunswick High School and Brunswick County Schools came together to hold a special graduation ceremony at the hospice house for graduating senior Travis Grimsley.

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They wanted to make sure his father could be at his son’s graduation.

“It was a coordinated effort between the school and us to make sure it happened,” Clinical Nurse Manager Sandy Duncan said, adding that bringing it together in two days was hectic at times. “We just kind of flew by the seat of our pants, and got it all together.”

Travis’s friends, family and staff of hospice lined the hallway as Travis made his way to his father’s room, dressed in cap and gown, pomp and circumstance played in the background.

“I never thought it would get this big; I just wanted to make sure his dad was there for his graduation,” Duncan said.

Travis’s father passed away later that evening.

“It was very emotional, very touching, very satisfying, for his family and for our staff,” Duncan added. “We were all tired after, emotionally and physically, but we did the right thing.”

Lower Cape Fear Hospice is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the highest level of care and comfort to patients with life-limiting illness; support and counseling to families; and education to the community. For more information, visit here.