Graduating senior Elizabeth Golightly, 23, got a big surprise when her sister, Navy Lt. Heather Golightly, 30, fresh off a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan, made an unexpected appearance at Florida State University's fall 2013 commencement ceremony on Saturday.
Elizabeth received a bachelor's degree in social sciences from Florida State's College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. Heather, an FSU grad, had led Elizabeth to believe that she would not be returning home until February. The girls are both graduates of Miami Palmetto Senior High School in Palmetto Bay.
To get Elizabeth onto the platform during the ceremony so the reunion would take place at center stage, Florida State administrators told her that she had been picked at random to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Just before the pledge, Florida State President Eric J. Barron stood to introduce Heather to the crowd as she was escorted onto the platform right behind Elizabeth.