Video, photos: A special graduation reunion

Lexington 1 awards 1,453 diplomas

06/03/2012 12:00 AM

06/05/2012 10:56 AM

A White Knoll grad had a special surprise waiting for her at the end of the stage Saturday at graduation: her mother, home from Afghanistan.

Army Master Sgt. Gillian Michael flew in on leave from a deployment just in time to see her daughter, Jazmyn, get her diploma at the Carolina Coliseum. But instead of meeting her beforehand, Gillian Michael kept out of sight until a little after 3 p.m., when her daughter's name was called as one of White Knoll High School's 441 graduates.

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