Terminally Ill 6-year-old Receives Honorary Diploma


The 2015 graduating class of a high school in Waverly, Illinois honored one of its youngest with a diploma last week.

According to ABC News, 6-year-old Jordan Planitz is terminally ill with MPPH snydrome (megalencephaly, polymicrogyria, polydactyly and hydrocephalus) has cognitive issues and a shortened life expectancy due to his illness. Earlier in the school year, he acted as principal of Tri-City High School as part of the “Principal for a Day” program where he met the 2015 senior class. 

Jordan made a lasting impact on the seniors. They went to their principal, Dustin Day, and requested that since Jordan is terminally ill and won’t be able to have his own graduation ceremony, they wanted to make him part of theirs.

“It was bittersweet at first,” Deanna Planitz, Jordan’s mother told ABC News. “I was watching all of these high school students getting up, receiving their diplomas and sitting down and knew that I won’t have that. Then Dustin Day announced Jordan, who was wearing his own little cap and gown, and the class president came out into the audience and they walked him up on the stage.”

The entire gymnasium erupted for Jordan as he received his diploma.

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