Texas A&M Fulfills Dying Father’s Wish to See Daughter Graduate

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Jim Brewer, a Texas A&M graduate, is nearing the end of his battle with pancreatic cancer and had just one wish: to see his daughter graduate as an Aggie.

Texas A&M received word of the special request on Brewer’s bucket list to see his daughter, Jenny, graduate and officially become an Aggie alum. On a beautiful Tuesday afternoon, Associate Dean John Hurtado, dressed in traditional A&M graduation ceremony garb, awarded Jenny Brewer her aerospace engineering undergraduate degree in front of her father and family.

Jenny’s older brothers Nick and Mike reached out to Daniel Pugh, the vice president for Student Affairs, to request a home graduation ceremony to award Jim one of the last items on his bucket list. “With the experience I’ve had with Texas A&M before and knowing the kind of people they are, I was optimistic,” Nick told the Austin American-Statesman.

Jim Brewer, a graduate of Texas A&M’s Class of 1980, told the Austin American-Statesman, “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.” He beamed from the crowd when Hurtado deemed Jenny an official graduate and touched his class ring as Jenny turned hers outward.

The ceremony ended as the friends and family who gathered sang “The Spirit of Aggieland”, and Jenny became forever an Aggie in front of her proud father, Jim, joining him as an alum.