Tissue required: Army dad surprises daughter at graduation, it’s a beautiful thing

News
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

NEW YORK – A graduating student at Columbia Engineering School got quite the surprise during commencement.

Ruby Robinson received her hard-earned diploma and an extra special gift.

Her father, Capt. Keith Robinson, came to surprise her.

In the video Ruby walks across the stage and shakes hands with university officials and then a familiar man reached for her hand; her dad. Soldier surprises daughter at grad

WGHP reported Ruby said she assumed her father wouldn’t be able to make it to her graduation.

He had been deployed in Afghanistan for the past six months.

Capt. Robinson received a leave from his unit and flew to New York, getting there just in time for the ceremony.

“We talked about two weeks ago and I think we came to the conclusion that I wasn’t going to make it,” Capt. Robinson said. “A week ago, my general went to work and started trying to make this happen for me. A 14-hour flight from Kuwait to D.C. and another 3.5 hours to Denver. The next day, to turn around and fly here. I haven’t had time to stop and think about it myself but when I saw her, it was all worth it.”

MORE: See more on this story from WGHP

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest News

More News

National News

More National

Washington D.C.

More Washington

Your Local Election HQ

More Your Local Election HQ

Daily Oklahoma Coronavirus Data

Contact In Your Corner Team

Latest News

More News

KFOR Digital Originals

More Digital Original

Popular

Follow @KFOR on Twitter

Border Report

More Border Report