Prom season might be over, but for many, graduation is just around the corner.
For Taylor Crafton, a student at Grand Forks Central High School in North Dakota, her graduation was more than just stepping into the next phase of her life.
Crafton’s father, Chris, a chief master sergeant in the Air Force, wasn’t expected to attend the ceremony. The family even had a cardboard cutout of him made to sit in his place, WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks reported.
But the surprise came as Taylor was about to receive her diploma — her dad ran to join her on stage.
“I’m just so happy he’s here. Better than a car. Better than anything. So yeah, that’s all I wanted for graduation,” she told WDAZ.
Since Taylor was three months old, Chris has gone through nine deployments.
“For a total of about 1,782 days to be exact,” Chris said. “I’ve missed a lot, you know, birthdays, Christmas, that kind of thing, so I just tried my best to get here for when she graduated. This is my last deployment so I had to make it happen,” he said.
Currently working in Southern Command, Chris has been deployed in Cuba. He is expected to return to Cuba later this week.
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