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When nursing students graduate, they have a pinning ceremony.

The ceremony is a big deal. Rasmussen College Mankato campus in Minnesota had their pinning ceremony, and about 35 students were recovering their pins.

The graduates all select a special person to present them with their pins.

Penny Pearson, 50, was one of the graduates. Penny’s son, Dustin, is a Sergeant in the U.S. Army.

He had spent the past year overseas in Kuwait and wouldn’t be able to attend the ceremony – or would he?

Penny had chosen her husband to present her with her pin – but that isn’t what happened.

The clip below is rather emotional.

Watch as Penny is called up to get her pin.

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She bursts into tears as the audience roars with applause!

Shout out to the school for helping make this special moment possible!

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