Johns Hopkins Graduate Gets Surprise Visit from Dad Serving in Afghanistan

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Photo via the Hopkins Hub
Photo via the Hopkins Hub

This story is adorable, though it probably didn’t start out that way for Johns Hopkins senior Amanda Valledor. According to the Hopkins Hub, during yesterday’s commencement exercises, Valledor was told that her diploma had been misplaced, and that she’d have to wait around for a university staffer to find it for her. But the guy who actually showed up bearing her diploma was her dad, Colonel John Valledor, back on a surprise visit from his military service in Afghanistan. The two hadn’t seen each other in person in 14 months!

It turns out that Col. Valledor was supposed to be finishing up a stint with the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, and wasn’t supposed to return Stateside until June. But his bosses were sympathetic to his desire to watch his daughter graduate, and figured out a way to get him home earlier. Valledor’s mom and sister were in on the surprise; everyone even conspired to have Col. Valledor send Amanda an email the night before graduation, apologizing that he couldn’t be there.

“They told me he was going to be short by a few weeks,” Amanda told the Hub. “I guess it all worked out.” What a graduation gift!



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