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Grad gets overseas surprise

by Kalamalama staff

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration wasn’t enough for one HPU graduate.

When Jessica Robinson walked across the stage at the Waikiki Shell to receive her diploma at the winter 2005 commencement ceremony, she wasn’t only handed her degree. She was also given congratulatory wishes from thousands of miles away.

Jessica’s husband, Chief Warrant Officer-2 John Robinson has been stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan, as a helicopter pilot for Company B, 214th Aviation Regiment since March 2004, and is scheduled to return home in March 2005. Knowing he wouldn’t be able to attend Jessica’s graduation, he contacted HPU to present her a special folder when Jessica walked across the stage. In it was a personal message from him.

“ Jessica, I am unable to be there tonight, but I am with you always,” her husband wrote.

“ This degree is something you gave yourself. It is something that no one can take from you…. Congratulations!”

Jessica cried when she saw what her husband had done for her.

“ He couldn’t be here, and he knows I wanted him to be here,” she said. “He told me he was here in my heart. It was a sweet note.”

The Robinsons were finally able to connect the day after the ceremony. Jessica said she plans to frame her husband’s letter along with her diploma.

 

 

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