BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- An emotional reunion brought a Lehigh Valley graduation ceremony to a standstill.
U.S. Army Sgt. Owen Neuville was deployed to Afghanistan a few months ago.
His son, Dashaun, a student at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, was fearful his dad would miss out on the biggest moment of his life.
But on Wednesday, as everyone else's parents cheered for them in the stands, Dashaun's dad was kept in a green room.
He was hiding out, like he had been all week long, to give his son a surprise he'll never forget.
"I'm not going to cry. Once they start walking up, the magic will happen," Sgt. Neuville said just moments before going on stage.
As Dashaun hopped on stage, Sgt. Neuville was there to give his son the diploma.
Dashaun double over with emotion as his father gave him a hug.
Dashaun is headed to Kutztown University in the fall where he plans to study medicine
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