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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Students throw their caps in the air ahead of their graduation ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall on July 15, 2014 in London, England. Students of the London College of Fashion, Management and Science and Media and Communication attended their graduation ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall today. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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When a canceled flight threatens to prevent a mother from attending her son’s college graduation, a kind couple steps in to make sure she gets there on time. According to Des Moines RegisterKirsten Venditti traveled over 8-thousand miles from South Africa to see her oldest son Alessandro graduate from Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. She made it all the way to Chicago, but the one hour flight to Des Moines was canceled and another flight wouldn’t get her there until after the graduation.

Fellow stranded passengers Gayle and Dave Boggess overheard Venditti’s predicament while standing behind her in the customer service line and lent her their phone so she could contact her son. The couple was returning from vacation in Egypt and were anxious to get to their home near Des Moines. They had already rented a car and, understanding the urgency of Venditti’s situation, they offered to give her a ride.

A mother herself, Gayle could relate to Venditti’s frustration. “I couldn’t imagine being so close and not making it,” she says. “We just had to help get her there in time.” So the new friends loaded up in the rental car and Dave drove all night, delivering Venditti to her hotel early enough so she could get some sleep before the ceremony. Thanks to her “guardian angels,” she was able to make it to see her son walk across the stage and get his diploma.

Source: Des Moines Register

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