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HOMENEWSSURPRISE VISITOR AT COMMENCEMENT FOR AN SFS GRAD
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Rebecca Lindgren can't believe her eyes after receiving her diploma during the School of Foreign Service Commencement on Healy Lawn.
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Commencement 2011
MAY 26, 2011
MAY 24, 2011 – REBECCA LINDGREN OF POTTSTOWN, Pa., had accepted the fact that her father – U.S. Navy Commander Robert Lindgren – wouldn’t be at her graduation ceremony May 21 from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service because he was stationed in Afghanistan.
So she was thrilled and surprised when she saw her father in uniform on the sidewalk just after her name was called to receive her diploma on stage in front of historic Healy Hall.
The Navy commander had managed to return from Afghanistan in time for graduation, and Rebecca’s mother, Kim, got in touch with the university to arrange for the surprise. Rebecca also was joined at the ceremony by four younger siblings, her mother, aunts and uncles, and two sets of grandparents.
"He had been preparing me for the idea he was going to miss it since before he deployed last June," said the recent graduate, who plans to work for a defense contractor. "He had made it back from his previous deployment just a few days before my high school graduation, so I didn't think I could get that lucky twice."
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