Eighteen years ago Tori Roach’s then-teen dad, clad in his green cap and gown, picked his daughter up for a sweet grad day pic. Fast forward 18 years and the daddy-daughter duo are yet again posing for the same super-cute photo.

When Roach, now 19, graduated from Huntsville High School in Texas her aunt suggested the pair recreate the magical moment from nearly two decades ago. The new grad and her dad agreed, creating a now-viral side-by-side shot of both of the Roach’s (father and daughter) graduations.

According to Roach, she never expected the pic to go as viral as it did. She told PEOPLE, “I’m from a small town and nothing like that ever happens over here.” Roach went on to add, “I didn’t expect it to blow up like that! Once it started happening, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ I called my family and I was like, ‘Everyone’s sharing the pictures!’”

Along with the number of likes and social media shares, Roach also didn’t expect the reaction her dad got. The recent grad followed up her initial tweet with another, letting her dad’s adoring public know, “For everyone asking, yes this is my dad, he’s 37 and no he isn’t single.”

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Esther Tuttle via Unsplash

 

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