Graduation

Students around the globe are busy preparing for graduation ceremonies and celebrations – but for those who have lost someone near and dear, graduation can be a difficult reminder of the void their passing has left behind. We’d like to share some heartwarming stories of graduates and their families as they celebrate with their loved ones from heaven.

Kayla Buckmaster’s Gift from Grandma

Kayla’s grandmother has sadly been dead since Kayla was only four; however, this didn’t stop her loving grandmother from being with her on her graduation.

“My grandma died when I was 4, but before she passed she wrote me a graduation letter & left a gift. I just got to open it after 14 years”

– Kayla, Class of 2020

kayla's story
Rebeca and the CPD

Rebeca Marmolejo Graduates with Backup

Rebeca is the daughter of a Chicago Police officer who tragically died in the line of duty in December of 2018. In place of her father, dozens of Chicago police officers surprised Rebeca and attended the ceremony at Mother McCauley High School to show their support. Rebeca took photos with the officers and school staff, proudly displaying her diploma.

– Rebeca, Class of 2021

Emily Switalski’s Special Grad Gift

Emily father, late Comstock Fire Chief Ed Switalski was killed in the line of duty in 2017 and since he couldn’t be there to watch his daughter walk across the stage at Western Michigan University over the weekend his firefighting family made sure they were in attendance.

I hope that he’s proud of me. I know that even though he wasn’t there physically, he was there with me – and is always watching over me.

– Emily, Class of 2018

Emily Graduation Gift from Heaven