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Grad surprises girlfriend with wedding proposal at commencement ceremony (VIDEO)

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One student at American University's commencement on Sunday received more than just a diploma.

After accepting a degree in public affairs, Sarah Cooper was surprised by her boyfriend, Sam Miller, a fellow 2012 grad from American University's School of Communications, who dropped to one knee and asked her to marry him. Naturally, the moment was caught on video and uploaded to YouTube.

The two had been dating since their freshman year, according to WPRI, but "were asked by their parents to wait to marry until after they graduated."

Thankfully, Cooper accepted Miller's proposal.

While no doubt memorable, wedding proposals at college graduations are surprisingly not that uncommon.

In 2009, for instance, a graduate at Washington State University was surprised by a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, a medic in the U.S. Navy, as she was returning to her seat.

In 2010, Jamie Gorton, who gave the commencement address at St. Michael's College in Vermont, ended his speech by proposing to his girlfriend and fellow grad, Rachel.

And in 2011, Tamiko Crawford, a graduate of Saint Leo University, was stopped by her boyfriend—a Navy officer—who made a surprise trip home from Afghanistan to propose at her graduation ceremony in Virginia.

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