Man proposes at WSU graduation ceremony - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Man proposes at WSU graduation ceremony

WSU President Elson Floyd and recently engaged couple Erica Mettler and Devon Schefano WSU President Elson Floyd and recently engaged couple Erica Mettler and Devon Schefano
PULLMAN, Wash. - The traditional march to "Pomp and Circumstance" at commencement could have been changed to "Here comes the Bride" at Washington State University this weekend after a campus proposal shocked the arena and a graduating senior.
 
Erica Mettler, 22, accepted her degree on-stage and was walking back to her seat when her boyfriend of almost a year surprised her in the aisle.
 
"It was amazing. It was the happiest day of my life probably," said the communications student.
 
Mettler met Devon Schefano about 10 years ago.  She says the two dated off and on for a while before losing touch during college.
 
The two re-united about a year ago and started dating again.
 
Schefano is a medic in the United States Navy who served two tours of duty in Iraq but said proposing was more nerve wracking.
 
The corpsman returned from his last tour this spring and wanted to propose then. He said he waited because he wanted to talk to Erica's dad to secure his blessing first.
 
Schefano talked to Erica's dad just minutes before the start of the ceremony, then waited in the corner of Beasley Memorial Coliseum for Erica's name to be called.
 
As she left the stage, he hit the aisle and dropped to one knee.

"I just froze, like, what are you doing here? " wondered Erica.  "Then all of a sudden, he got down on one knee and I was just like, like I know what he's doing, oh my gosh, he said will you make me the happiest man alive and be my wife, and I just gasped and said yes and got a big hug and a kiss and he whisked me off."
 
The two plan to marry in Spokane either this summer or next summer.
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