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OCALA, FLA. — As a member of the United States Navy who has been deployed nine times, Jose Ramiro has missed nearly every milestone in his young daughter’s life.
But he didn’t miss seeing her graduate from West Port High School near Ocala on Thursday.
In fact, Coral Ramiro got the surprise of her life when her father, who was hidden off stage, popped into the line of school administrators as she received her diploma.
The Ocala Star-Banner reports that as Coral Ramiro approached her father, who was dressed in his white summer uniform, she did a double take before wrapping herself around his neck.
Jose Ramiro didn’t arrive in Florida until 1 a.m. Thursday. He kept up the ruse, calling to tell her he wouldn’t be able to make it.