A Surprise Proposal

By: Sarah Vahlkamp


“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”-Dr. Seuss

When Spencer Smith ’14 and Emily Freier ’15 met for the first time in marching band, neither could have expected that Emily’s time at Quincy University would end in such a romantic way.

Spencer was a Communication and Music Production major while Emily studied Music Performance so their connection in the marching band came to no surprise following their mutual love of music.

Emily says it is hard to pin point the exact moment they met, but band members eventually brought them together and they began dating at the end of the 2013 school year.


After dating for two years, Spencer came up with an idea that would make the end to Emily’s time at Quincy University one of the most memorable moments of her life time. At Emily’s last choir concert, Spencer asked Dr. Gervasi, the University’s President, if he could propose to her on the stage at the Commencement Ceremony.

“I walked into the room and Dr. Gervasi gave Spencer a conspiratorial wink, and Spencer gave Dr. Gervasi a thumbs up,” Emily said.

When graduation day finally arrived, Emily walked on the stage to receive her diploma from Dr. Gervasi but was asked to wait. At this moment, Spencer was signaled onto the stage where he got down on one knee and proposed.

“I couldn’t hear anything because the crowd was screaming so loud,” Emily said.

Spencer Smith and Emily Freier will be married June 4, 2016, and are looking forward to their future together.


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