Video: Soldier, deployed for nearly two years, gets home to surprise his sister at her HS graduation

High school student bursts into tears as her soldier brother turns up to surprise her at graduation after two years away on deployment

 A high school graduate in Houston got a great surprise with her diploma – a visit from her soldier brother who‘s been deployed for nearly two years! 

Jasmine Barroga was graduating from Northside High School on June 2nd, her family gathered at Delmar Field House, and her brother Jd had the video rolling. 

But as she approached the podium, Jasmine got a look at who would be announcing her name – her brother, Army Specialist DJ Barroga.  

Jasmine cried when she saw her brother, who has been deployed for almost two years, and just made it to Houston from Hawaii in order to present the diploma. 

As the graduation crowd cheered, and Jasmine cried, Specialist Barroga addressed the crowd, telling them how proud he is of his sister. 

He ended his speech saying, ‘congratulations to the class of 2018, you guys will do great things, and just keep it going.‘ 

Then he took his sister‘s hand and they walked across the stage as the video camera rolled. 

It took a lot of people to orchestrate the surprise.  The family and the school worked together. 

They decided to sneak DJ into the line dressed in a purple cap and gown, so he blended in with  every other graduate.  Then two teachers distracted Jasmine as she was waiting to hear her name called, so there would be no chance that she‘d catch a glimpse of him

Moments before Jasmine‘s turn DJ stripped of the cap and gown, to reveal his uniform, and he was waiting for her when she got there.

It was a moment that nobody who was there will ever forget. 

A very special graduation gift for Jasmine.