BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - Baldwin County High School celebrated graduation Monday, May 20 and there was a very special surprise waiting for graduate Serena Colvin.
Colvin's brother, Jonathan Sprinkle, is a sergeant in the Army and has been to Iraq twice. He currently lives in Hawaii and hadn't seen his sister in about two years. However, that all changed Monday night.
The Baldwin County High School football stadium was packed with friends and families watching the graduating seniors walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. Among them was Sprinkle.
"She's all grown up," he said.
Sprinkle said for about a year he's been planning on surprising Colvin at her graduation ceremony. After the ceremony was over, Sprinkle walked up behind Colvin while she was talking to FOX10 News.
Sprinkle tapped Colvin on the shoulder and when she turned around and saw her big brother standing before her in uniform, Colvin let out a scream and embraced him.
"Congratulations," Sprinkle said. "Are you crying?"
Colvin managed a nod before letting go and smiling with her brother. It's an experience Sprinkle said was well worth the trip from Hawaii.
"There are no words to really express the way I feel because she's the baby sister so I've always had to take care of her and to see her actually get to this level and surpass this level, it's just exciting," he said.
Colvin was speechless after the reunion but said it's been a long time and she was excited and surprised to see her brother.
Sprinkle said he's in town for eight days before he flies back to base in Hawaii.
Colvin said she plans on attending Faulkner University.
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