Shortly after an invocation by program instructor Pierce Dodson, singer/songwriter Roxie Dean took the stage. Dean was asked by coordinators if she would be willing to sing A Soldiers Wife and dedicate it to Hubbard from her husband, Thomas, who currently serves with the United States Army in Afghanistan.
Hubbard was overwhelmed by the gesture and even more excited when Dean invited her to come up on stage and get a signed CD. As the women posed for pictures, Hubbard turned to see why the crowd was clapping and looking behind her - only to realize that her husband had traveled home to surprise her on graduation night.
Tears filled both of their eyes as she went running into his arms. Only moments later, the couples two sons, Joshua and Emerson, came running up on the stage - shouting, Daddy! Daddy!
The surprise went better than what I had planned, Thomas later said. I am excited to be home.
Hubbard said she was not expecting to see her husband until the fall of 2013 and added that they will not see each other again until early 2014. The couple met in middle school when they both attended West Wilson in Mt. Juliet.
Hubbard said their relationship was friendly for many years before becoming romantic. He was serving in Iraq and was home on a break. We went on three dates before deciding to get married, she explained.
The couple married at the Wilson County Courthouse on April 3, 2008 with her parents in attendance; however, they held festivities with family and friends at a later date.