TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- An Alabama teen received his diploma and a special surprise during his graduation.
One by one, students at Paul W. Bryant High School walked on stage to collect their diplomas. But there was a pause before Steven Turner Jr.’s name was called.
“I got really worried and nervous. I thought she forgot my name,” Steven said.
His mother, Petty Officer 2nd Class Vera Turner, was there to greet him. She spent the last nine months in Guantanamo Bay and told her family she would be unable to attend the ceremony.
“It means so much to me, it means the whole world. I thought she wasn’t going to make it,” Steven said.
Vera Turner planned the surprise with the school district.
“All he could say was, ‘Thank you, mama. Thank you. I love you,'” she said.