Graduating high school senior Nicolas Schott rose to speak about the important of honoring military families at his own commencement ceremony in Goose Creek, South Carolina this week. But he had no idea his father, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jamie Schott, had returned from overseas and was watching him from the side of the stage.
Sgt. Schott found out in advance that he would be able to return from his military base in Kuwait to see his son graduate, but decided not to tell him in advance. That made the moment when he walked on stage at the end of his son’s speech to congratulate him all the more moving.
“I had no idea,” Nicolas Schott said after the surprise. “They kept it so much a secret from me. I was just so nervous about my speech, I didn’t even think about it.”
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