Sister Will Accept Diploma In Memory Of Taylor VossekuilThe sister of a Grand Forks graduate who died of cancer will receive her diploma on graduation day.
By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ
The sister of a Grand Forks graduate who died of cancer will receive her diploma on graduation day.
This, after a misunderstanding between the principal and the girls' mother that gained attention from people all over the world online.
Kaci Vossekuil will receive her sister Taylor's diploma on graduation day. There will also be a cap and gown on the chair that she would've sat in.
Kaci Vossekuil: "She was probably one of the most loving people in the world. She was so full of life."
Kaci Vossekuil misses her sister Taylor, who died of leukemia in 2007. Taylor would've been a senior at Central High School in Grand Forks this year. When Kaci wanted to accept her sister's diploma in her place, there was a misunderstanding between the family and Central High principal Buck Kasowski.
Buck Kasowski: "We sent emails back and forth trying to get an agreement on something that we had agreed on all along."
Kaci started a facebook group called "help me accept my sister's diploma." People thought Kaci wouldn't be allowed to get her sister's diploma. The family got support from people as far away as Great Britain.
In the past few days Taylor's caringbridge page has gotten over 65,000 hits, and Kaci's facebook page already has more than 2,000 members.
Ann Vossekuil: "I don't think he ever had a problem really with Kaci going and accepting the diploma. He just didn't know how involved we actually wanted to be in the graduation."
On graduation day, Kaci will be waiting on the side, and she will receive Taylor's diploma. The family will be there to support her, and Taylor's former classmates. And the graduation isn't the only reason why May 30 will have a special meaning to the Vossekuil family.
Ann Vossekuil: "That also is a special day for us because it is Taylor's 18th birthday."
The class of 2010 will also dedicate a full page in the yearbook to Taylor's memory.