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Proud Navy Mom Surprised Son At Graduation — Even I Had A Few Raindrops!

Petty Officer 2nd Class Vera Turner surprised her talented son during his graduation and it was very emotional.

Steven Turner Jr had not seen his mom in months and didn’t know whether or not she would be able to attend his graduation. Steven’s motivation to excel in high school came when he used his mom’s service commitment as a buoy for inspiration.

This was very touching and meant so much to both. That young man is going places, and I am happy to have witnessed this story.


Turner, who has served in the U.S. Navy for 16 years, arrived early Saturday at Coleman after a nine month deployment to Guantanamo Bay.

She decided a month ago to plan the surprise (not even cluing in her husband) and Tuscaloosa City Schools staffers rose to the occasion to make it happen.

Turner said Steven’s graduation is a “proud moment” for the entire family. He surprised her in high school, she said, showing commitment to his school work he didn’t have when he was younger.

“He used to play a lot in school, and I asked him why he was satisfied with Cs,” Turner said. “But he got in high school and made the honor roll. He told me that it felt good, being honored. I told him he could keep doing that.”

After that, Turner said, he didn’t want anything but an A.

Steven received an Alabama A&M scholarship where he majored in electrical engineering. These are the stories that will rebuild and make America great again.

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Wayne Dupree is owner and founder of He was named to the 2017 Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans. He served in the USAF between 1987-1995. He saw time in Operation Desert Storm/Shield and is the father of three. He is the host of the Wayne Dupree Show.

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