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Student proposes marriage during graduation ceremony

Published: 17 July 2015
Student proposes during graduation

As a first for graduation ceremonies at the University of Southampton, a student has got down on one knee and made a proposal of marriage in front of hundreds of other graduands. Masters student Shiyi Ying was given special permission to take to the stage towards the end of the ceremony so he could pop the question to Yu-Yen Ou, his partner of two years.

Describing the University as a “magic place”, Shiyi invited her onto the stage and told her, “…deep inside I know you are the only one I can share the rest of my life with, because I love you.” He then produced a ring and asked her to marry him – to which she said yes, before the couple hugged – prompting applause and cheers from fellow graduands and staff gathered inside the Nuffield Theatre on the University’s Highfield campus.

Southampton’s Vice-Chancellor: Professor Don Nutbeam, presiding at the ceremony, says, “I have been involved in graduation ceremonies for 25 years and this is certainly a first for me. I’d like to offer the couple huge congratulations and every best wish for the future.”

Both are international students and studied Masters degrees at Southampton Business School in MSc International Management (Shiyi Ying) and MSc International Financial Markets (Yu-Yen Ou).

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