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Marine surprises mother at her college graduation

Marine Surprises Mother At Her College Graduation

After putting her life on hold for her children, one mother in Philadelphia finally got to walk the stage for her graduation -- and she received her diploma from a very unexpected visitor, according to WPVI.

That was 43-year-old Tondaleya Robinson and her son, Corporal Paul Robinson, who had been stationed with the U.S. Marine Corps in Virginia and hasn't been home in five months. WFMZ says:

"He had only one day in town, and he made the trip from Virginia to surprise his mom."

"He's like, 'I'm really sorry, I'm sorry I couldn't make it.' I was like, 'It's OK Paul, because I know if you could be here you would.'"

"Her reaction was exactly what I was expecting," the son says.

Paul's father passed away in 2011 from a long illness, so Tondaleya put her education aside to care for her children. Paul told WTXF he's never seen her be as strong as she was through that tough time.

"My mom is one of my biggest inspirations throughout the passing of my father."

Tondaleya reportedly isn't stopping with only one diploma. She plans to pursue her Master's degree next.

Tondaleya received a bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management from Pierce College.

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lkemer June 10 2014 at 2:26 PM

Beautiful story. As with all the crimes and evil taking place in today's world, it is wonderful to see happy moments around the world. I love these surprises.

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donna June 10 2014 at 2:45 PM

I love these stories! Congratulations Ms. Robinson. Best of luck as you continue on to your Graduate degree.

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Faith June 10 2014 at 3:39 PM

Love this! Congratulations, Ms. Robinson! And stay safe, young man!!

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Mrs. Erickson June 10 2014 at 4:26 PM

She had a hard life raising children and then graduating from College.
God bless her son for showing up. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL STORY We prayer all will go well for both of them in the coming years.

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clark26901 June 10 2014 at 3:59 PM

Just plain WONDERFUL!

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jeffreyluckyana June 10 2014 at 4:24 PM

I didn't realize how many troops were being brought home by this President until the Bergdahl whining. Damn, this President is bringing home thousands and thousands of troops. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Good luck in November, Republicans.

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NETTIE June 10 2014 at 4:18 PM

I love these stories, even if they make me tear up.

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vbabygurl862 June 10 2014 at 4:03 PM

Look at his rank on his arm that's a Lance Corporal rank. Happy he was able to surprise his mom. Semper fi. LCpl.

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rfrick1970 June 10 2014 at 3:21 PM

Very cool.

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Patty June 10 2014 at 4:44 PM

I never get tired of seeing stories like this one. I just love watching all the videos of our troops coming home and surprising their loved ones.

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