MINNEAPOLIS – Commencement at the University of Minnesota is not scheduled until May. But on Monday the university made a rare exception.
U of M engineering student Collin Brown was presented with his diploma early so his dad could see him graduate.
Ken Brown is in the late stages of a four year battle with ALS.  Lately his condition has been declining more rapidly.
“It’s huge,” said Ken Brown, speaking slowly and deliberately at his Champlin home before the ceremony.
“Ken’s goal all along has been to be able to see him graduate,” added Ken’s wife, Patti.
U of M president Eric Kaler hosted the ceremony at his residence. His voice cracked as he welcomed Ken Brown and a few dozen guests.  “I’m really glad we were able to do it for the family,” Kaler said.  “I know it means a lot to them.”
Once handed his diploma, Collin hugged his father before the two exchanged fist bumps.  …