Dr. Rodney Shotwell Helps UNC-G Student, Father of Three, Gets Degree Hours Before Dying From Cancer
Camden Dillard was a husband, father and a man of great ambition. He was an administrator in the child nutrition department in the Rockingham County school system and a senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he was enrolled in his last class to earn his Bachelor of Science degree, but then tragedy struck.
In July, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of pancreatic cancer. Because of his illness, he was unable to complete his last class. His supervisor Erselle Young got an idea after visiting Camden in his hospital room at Wake Forest Baptist. She asked the superintendent of Rockingham County Schools, Dr. Rodney Shotwell, to intervene and ask UNCG to waive Camden’s last class and award him his diploma.
"I wanted Cam to know that he graduated before he passed, but the big piece is I wanted his kids to be able to see what their dad was able to do ... when you see somebody that things are going well for, be the person to make the difference because you never know the impact that it's going to have."