Ohio school fulfills mom’s dying wish, holds son’s graduation ceremony in her hospital room

Nadine Kalinauskas
Good News

Jennifer Linnabary's dying wish was to see her son, Ben, graduate from high school.

"We knew that my mom wasn't doing well at all and the last thing she wanted to see before she passed away was my brother graduating," Linnabary's daughter Becca Asimus, 21, told ABCNews.com.

Her wish was granted.

On February 2, school officials at Colerain High School gave Ben an early diploma at University of Cincinnati Hospital's critical care unit in front of family, friends, and a dying 52-year-old Jennifer.

"It was important because we realized that this was important to the mother and to the family and so to make this whole situation they had to deal with as easy for them as possible, it was just something that we had to do," Northwest Local School District Superintendent Rick Glatfelter told ABCNews.com.

Watch the moving ceremony, complete with "Pomp and Circumstance" below, as filmed by Barking Squirrel Media.

Warning: tissues needed.

"I graduated, Mom," an emotional Ben told his ailing mother after the ceremony.

"It was unbelievable, just the fact that even though she may not have been [able] to open her eyes and see it, I know she could sense what was going on and that meant so much to my brother," Asimus said.

Jennifer died the next day after a four-year battle with mantle cell lymphoma, a rare blood cancer.