Dad: Recognize Deceased Son During Graduation 5-25-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Dad: Recognize Deceased Son During Graduation 5-25-2011

A father still dealing with the tragic death of his son four years ago now says he's fighting for closure.
Zenos Dupuis said he wants the Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy to acknowledge his son during this year's high school graduation.
"All I wanted was his cap and gown [seated] on an empty seat,” said Dupuis. “Let seniors sign [the] cap [and] have his name called."
Adam Dupuis died in a house fire at a home in Saginaw four years ago. He was just 13 years old at the time. His father said he would've graduated this year and he wants to experience that moment in his son's absence. But the school proposed a different idea.


"Her answer to me was she didn't want to turn it into a memorial service and that's not what I wanted to do,” said Dupuis. “I wanted to hear my son’s name [over] the loud speaker so I could be just as proud as the next parent there. It’s just my son is somewhere else watching."
A school board spokeswoman said the district has never given an honorary diploma to someone who didn't complete at least some classes. They proposed honoring Adam at a school board meeting. His father says that's not good enough because that's not what was promised.
"I never said diploma, because I know you need [a]certain amount of criteria to get a diploma,” said Dupuis. “I didn't care if it was a blank sheet of paper with SASA’s colors tied around it."
Dupuis said the school's former principal and superintendent promised Adam would be remembered at graduation. He just wants the new administration to follow through.
"This closes a four-year chapter in my life of his school. Adam will never, ever be forgotten," said Dupuis.

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