Posted by Dave Dykema - email
PERRYSBURG, OH (WTOL) - As hundreds of seniors walked across the stage as Perrysburg High School held its commencement ceremony Sunday afternoon, the ceremony was extra special for one student.
Molly Pummill's father, Lieutenant Colonel Brian Pummill, who is currently serving in Afghanistan, was able to watch the ceremony live on WTOL.com.
"It's just sad that he can't be here, but it's still great that he can see it," said Pummill. "I have my three sisters and my step-mom, but it's just a totally different dynamic when he's not home."
Pummill's dad has been serving overseas for half of her senior year.
In fact, the Pummills are an extraordinary military family with generations of service.
"I applied for and was accepted and nominated for the Naval and Air Force Academies, and also to Notre Dame and the ROTC there," Pummill said.
She chose Notre Dame, but wishes she could have leaned on her dad a little more for that decision. And that's where another Molly comes in. Molly Steele saw all this happening.
"We were talking about how disappointing not to have your dad at your high school graduation, because you only get one high school graduation," Steele said.
So she talked to the principal, then talked to WTOL, so the station streamed the graduation for her dad 7,500 miles away.
"He just seemed so excited and so thrilled that he's going to be able to see his daughter graduate. I just think that's so important and we're really happy she can have that opportunity," Steele said.
Molly Pummill ads, "I know he still loves me, even if he can't sit in an auditorium seat."
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