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Penn State Hoops’ Deivis Zemgulis Gets Surprise Family Visit For Graduation

Graduation is a special time of year for all the seniors whose college careers are coming to an end. It’s the time when those seniors’ four-year journeys culminate in a weekend surrounded by family and friends.

For Penn State men’s basketball’s Deivis Zemgulis, being surrounded by family this weekend was even more special because he hadn’t seen them in four years.

Vytautas, Gitana, Aurimas, and Gabriele Zemgulis — Deivis’ father, mother, brother, and sister, respectively — made the 10-hour journey from their home country of Lithuania to be in Happy Valley for commencement weekend. The forward was totally in the dark about his family’s arrival at Penn State until they emerged from the team’s offices at the Bryce Jordan Center to surprise him.

Zemgulis, who made eight appearances off the bench for Pat Chambers’ squad this season, thought he was going to the team’s facility to take graduation photos with Penn State’s coaches and staffers. He lived with the Somerville family in Maryland while playing high school basketball, and Toyja Somerville spent the past “month or month-and-a-half” arranging the surprise.

“As nosy as Deivis is, we still can’t believe he doesn’t know that any of this is happening,” Toyja said.

Once Zemgulis’ photo op with Penn State basketball staffers and coaches wrapped up, Pat Chambers announced there was one more surprise and whisked the rest of the Zemgulises into a Bryce Jordan Center conference room. Understandably, the whole family was overcome with emotions and came together for a big group hug.

The family was at the BJC as Deivis walked across the stage at his commencement ceremony. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more heartwarming moment than the Zemgulis family reunion that took place over the weekend, which also serves as a reminder that there’s nothing more important in our lives than family.

Congratulations to Deivis Zemgulis and the rest of the class of 2019!

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Mikey Mandarino

Mikey is a senior majoring in journalism and Onward State's Sports Editor. He grew up in Bedminster, NJ and is way too obnoxious about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is hard. If you're dying to see more hockey/golf content on your timeline, you can follow Mikey on Twitter @mikey_mandarino. Send all hate mail, death threats, and your vote for the best chicken parm in State College to [email protected]


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