Editor's note: A previous version of this article stated that Trent received an honorary degree. Trent was actually awarded the Associate of Science degree he earned.
Boilermaker sports fan and Exponent writer Tyler Trent received an earned Associate of Science degree after the dean of the Polytechnic Institute visited him at his home in Carmel, Indiana, Monday night.
"Our school tagline is ‘Students first in all we do’ and this goes directly to the heart of that mission," dean Gary Bertoline said in a written statement. "It is so important to me to be able to recognize Tyler for all that he has done."
President Mitch Daniels' statement: “Anyone who has spent time with Tyler knows he is a remarkable young man—someone whose record of accomplishments is far longer than most people can accrue in many decades of life.”— Purdue Exponent (@purdueexponent) October 1, 2018
Though Trent is battling osteosarcoma, a rare bone disease, he has continued to support the Boilermakers by pitching tents outside Ross-Ade Stadium and working with Purdue University Dance Marathon to raise awareness for cancer patients, among other things.