CINCINNATI - It wasn’t her high school diploma that made Grace Macke tear up, but rather, it was seeing her military father for the first time in months because he was deployed overseas.
The high school graduate stood on stage on May 16 at Xavier University’s Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio to accept her diploma.
She was then told that her father, Master Sgt. Drew Macke of the US Air Force had pre-recorded a message.
Organizers played Master Sgt. Macke’s "video," and his voice is heard around the arena, saying: "This is Master Sergeant Drew Macke calling from Doha, Qatar."
No video plays, however, and one of the organizers plays along with the ruse by suggesting technical issues were to blame.
That was when the sergeant walked on stage and surprised his daughter.
Video of the touching moment was shared by Kings Local Schools District.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.