ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Siena College graduated nearly 800 students at their commencement Sunday at the Times Union Center. But, one graduate walked away with much more than her diploma at the ceremony.
Jaclyn Aubin not only walked off the stage with a degree in psychology, but with a surprise hug from her brother, Airman First Class, Kyle Aubin.
She hadn’t seen him since Christmas and had no idea he would be at her commencement. The two are very close she said.
“It’s a big day, it’s a very important day and it’s also mother’s day so it’s very important to have the whole family together,” Aubin said.
No words needed. The connection between the two siblings was easily sensed through Jaclyn’s face.
“No, I had no idea, Aubin said. “No idea I truly had no idea because he said to me ‘I want to go so bad, I want to make it,’ I have no words for him no words I’m speechless.”
A moment that seems to capture that precious family bond that no time apart can steal away. Jaclyn and Kyle’s mom is grateful for the surprise homecoming, and for the extra time her family will get together.
“My son was 100 percent behind the entire thing. The last few months have been tough trying to keep a secret,” their mom said.
Kyle is home from Fort Bragg for the next two weeks. Afterwards, Kyle will return to Fort Bragg in North Carolina where he will continue his service. As for Jaclyn, who has her degree, she will return to Boston.
The family says they’re looking forward to this precious reunion, as they’ll get to spend time together.
Afterwards Kyle will return to Pope Air Force Base at Fort Bragg in North Carolina where he will continue his service. As for Jaclyn, who has her degree, she will return to Boston.