News 12 at 11 o'clock/ Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- It's your typical graduation ceremony at USC Aiken. Dozens of graduates fill the convocation center. Graduate Morgan Peterson waits patiently to receive her diploma, but little does she know someone else is waiting patiently too.
"Excited jittery. Very jittery," said her husband Airman Michael Peterson. "My order said I was supposed to graduate my course tomorrow and my instructor took the availability and said 'hey I'll get you out of here a day early so you can surprise your wife at her graduation'."
Airmen Michael Peterson has been in training at his Air Force base in Florida for 6 months.
"July 11th we got married and the last time we saw each other was July 14th," he explained.
For the past month, he's been planning the day; a well kept secret thanks to friends, family, and the college.
"She's gonna break down and start crying. Absolutely, right away. Shock but overwhelmed with happiness because I know that for me to be here means more to her than anything in the world," said Airman Peterson.
And he was right. It was all smiles and tears as the Airman walked on stage while his wife received her diploma.
"Honestly, at first I didn't even see him so I was thinking I have to look at this stupid camera and smile as I'm shaking somebody's hand," said Morgan. "Then when I saw him I literally just couldn't believe it. I'm in shock."
"When I finally went up there everything else disappeared except her," added Airman Peterson.
It was a day she's been working towards for four years, made even more special in a moment she'll never forget.
"It just meant the world honestly. We're newlyweds so it just means so much that he was able to pull something off like this. try to pull something off like this to be here for me," said Morgan.
The couple moves to Alaska to start their new life the day after Christmas.Airmen Peterson wanted to give a big thanks to everyone who helped him pull off such a meaningful surprise.