Graduation day is one of the most memorable moments in a person’s life. This Newcastle University student’s graduation day became even more memorable when her boyfriend surprised her at their graduation event with a marriage proposal. Here’s the full story.
As the ceremony commenced, the young graduate made her way toward the stage, ready to receive her well-deserved diploma.
Little did she know that her boyfriend, her boyfriend of many years, was about to surprise her with a life-altering proposal.
In a heartwarming gesture, he got down on one knee, ring in hand, and asked her to be his wife.
Everything Was Recorded
The entire spectacle was caught on camera and shared by Newcastle University on their Twitter handle.
The Proposal Went Viral
The video quickly went viral, garnering a staggering 2.1 million views in just one day.
Enter the Critics
However, as with any viral event, social media users wasted no time in voicing their opinions.
Stealing Her Limelight
Amidst the overwhelmingly positive responses, several Twitter users expressed their discontent and accused the groom-to-be of stealing his fiancé’s limelight and hijacking her graduation experience.
Shifting Focus From Her Achievments
They argued that such a public proposal shifted the focus from the woman’s academic achievements to the romantic gesture.
Everything Was Bad
One Twitter user wrote, “Do you know what the worst thing about this is? All of it.”
Others echoed this sentiment, labeling the act as “awful” and “selfish.” A user wrote, “Note for men, DO NOT DO THIS!!! This moment was not about you.”
Some argued that such grand gestures can put undue pressure on the person being proposed to, making them feel like they need to perform for the crowd.
One user wrote, “Mass public proposals mean your intended feels pushed to perform for the crowd, meaning they can’t express the emotion or response they want.”
This Was About Ego
A third user wrote, “If you want to spend your life with someone, know what things are about intimacy and romance, and what is about your ego… I can assure you, nothing about this is romantic.”
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