A Hospital-Bound Father Watched His Son Graduate from NJIT

Gregory Forstrom is especially close to his father, emotionally and intellectually.

When he was boy, Gregory had a few learning disabilities, so his parents decided to homeschool him. And it was his father, an engineer with two degrees, who taught him math and science. Years later, after Gregory enrolled at NJIT to study civil engineering, his father continued to mentor him.

But when the day came for him to graduate from NJIT — summa cum laude — his father couldn’t be there. He has stage 4 prostate cancer, which has progressed recently, so his doctors told him not to leave Hackensack University Medical Center.

“I was supposed to be out of the hospital and be able to attend Gregory’s graduation,” said Howard Forstrom, a software engineer for the Harris Corporation, formerly ITT. “I felt bad about missing his ceremony.”

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