A Diploma – and a Proposal

Man proposing to woman in cap and gown on stage

The moment that Public Health graduate Kathy Fevrius ’22 said “Yes,” in front of a cheering crowd of graduates, capped months of planning to pull off a surprise proposal during the June 2 Convocation ceremony for the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS).

“This year, we’d like to do something different, where we acknowledge a CEHS student in a special way,” announced Assistant Dean Carolina E. Gonzalez, inviting Fevrius to the stage for recognition of her student experience at Montclair, adding “one that embodies the identity of our college.”

Behind the scenes, Gonzalez was in on a surprise that began minutes earlier when Hendy Joseph had hurried from the bleachers, secretly entering the field, and was waiting backstage with a large bouquet of flowers. On cue – Gonzalez invited to the podium “a special someone” to present Fevrius with the honor.

Fevrius was surprised – and delighted – by the ring and marriage proposal. And luckily for Joseph, who was waiting on bended knee, she said, “Yes.”