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MINNEAPOLIS – A university made a rare exception for a family facing tragedy, agreeing to move up one student’s graduation ceremony so his terminally ill father could attend.

Ken Brown was diagnosed with ALS when his son, Collin, started his freshman year at the University of Michigan, KARE reports.

“Ken’s goal all along has been to be able to see him graduate,” said Ken’s wife, Patti.

Collin’s commencement ceremony is scheduled for May, but doctors aren’t sure Ken will be able to attend. His condition is worsening everyday.

U of M agreed to move up Collin’s graduation ceremony, to ensure Ken could attend. The university’s president presented Collin with a diploma Monday, getting choked up in his speech.

Ken still hopes to attend Collin’s commencement in May, but that is looking less likely.

“The hospice doctor thought that it would be about Easter – and May would be a stretch,” Patti told KARE.