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Navy Brother Surprises Sister at Graduation
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Her brother, a U.S. Navy flight engineer Daniel Cornejo, was there to surprise her.
The two have not seen each other in more than one year.
After some hugs during the unexpected reunion, Robyn and Daniel made it to their seats.
"I'm in shock right now," said Robyn. "My graduation wish was for him to be here. To watch me, to be here, to experience it with me."
Robyn's father requested and received special permission from Deer Valley High School officials for Daniel to hide behind stage so he could surprise his sister during the ceremony Friday at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Robyn's father said she excelled academically in high school. She attained the Presidential Scholarship and has been involved in the dual enrollment college program for two years.
Daniel has been in the U.S. Navy for ten years. He has orders to deploy again next month.
All the siblings (except the older brother) we surprised at the same time Robyn was. They sat in the stands cheering for their sister, when all of a sudden they see a sailor offer to escort her down the stage stairs. They processed the action quickly and immediately broke out with tears of joy. Parents, Dave & Ruby could hardly keep their planned surprise within. What a great joy.