Man branded a 'narcissist' after proposing to girlfriend at her graduation

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By Nasima Khatun

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A man has been criticized after he decided to propose to his girlfriend while she was on stage at her graduation.

Now, planning a proposal is a pretty stressful job, especially if you're going to make an occasion out of it, but one big no-no that we can all agree on is that it cannot - and I repeat, cannot - coincide with any other major event.

Birthdays - no, anniversaries - no, and graduations - oh, hell no.

One man didn't seem to get the memo as he decided to ask his girlfriend to marry him while she was up on stage accepting her certificate at her graduation ceremony.

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A clip shared by Newcastle University, which is a reputable institution in the United Kingdom, showed the young woman walking across the stage when her name was called to shake the hand of the establishment's honorary member.

However, before she could actually take the award in her hands, a man who is also wearing a full graduation 'fit gets onto the stage with a little box in his hands.

After a few seconds, he faces the audience and gets down on one knee as the woman in front of him looks at him with a hand over her mouth.

At this point, everyone's applauding and the man even gives them a little wave while his other half stands there in utter shock at what's happening.

When she's back to her senses, she seemingly accepts the man's proposal, taking the ring onto her finger and hugging him.

While the moment might have been an adorable display of love for those in attendance at the event, when the clip was reposted to Twitter via the university, it got a terribly mixed response.

Some seemed to approve with one user writing: "I think this was super sweet and romantic. What a really special day to remember for them. Congratulations to her great achievement and success, and congratulations and best wishes to the beautiful couple!"

However, many others took to the comments to slam the man for his "narcissism."

One user wrote: "The way he made his girlfriend and her entire class’ graduation about him? Feel sorry for her and also for all her classmates who had their moment outshined by one man’s narcissism."

Another added: "I’ll start with the caveat that I hope they’re happy and congratulations! BUT (call me unromantic), but I would be absolutely raging if a man did this lol. This day is about your achievements - don’t make it about your relationship. Do it tomorrow, or the day after! Just no !!"

A third had some advice for men out there, writing: "Men. Please don’t do this. Public proposals suck but taking a moment meant to celebrate your partner’s achievements and making it about you is particularly low," with another responding to the comment alleging that the guy in the video had done this "deliberately."

Not only did people criticize the proposer in this, some even went as far as calling out the university staff for celebrating such a "selfish" moment.

"The more I think about this the angrier I get. I hope all the staff at @UniofNewcastle in particular those academics applauding and hugging have a good long look at what made them think this was to be celebrated," a Twitter user wrote. "This needs to be addressed, especially in a place of learning."

In the wake of the backlash, the university decided to delete the clip from their socials, though that hasn't stopped the conversation around diminishing women's achievements as well as bad proposal ideas.

Yikes.

Featured Image Credit: Delmaine Donson/Getty

Man branded a 'narcissist' after proposing to girlfriend at her graduation

vt-author-image

By Nasima Khatun

Article saved!Article saved!

A man has been criticized after he decided to propose to his girlfriend while she was on stage at her graduation.

Now, planning a proposal is a pretty stressful job, especially if you're going to make an occasion out of it, but one big no-no that we can all agree on is that it cannot - and I repeat, cannot - coincide with any other major event.

Birthdays - no, anniversaries - no, and graduations - oh, hell no.

One man didn't seem to get the memo as he decided to ask his girlfriend to marry him while she was up on stage accepting her certificate at her graduation ceremony.

wp-image-1263221680 size-large
Credit: Grace Cary/Getty

A clip shared by Newcastle University, which is a reputable institution in the United Kingdom, showed the young woman walking across the stage when her name was called to shake the hand of the establishment's honorary member.

However, before she could actually take the award in her hands, a man who is also wearing a full graduation 'fit gets onto the stage with a little box in his hands.

After a few seconds, he faces the audience and gets down on one knee as the woman in front of him looks at him with a hand over her mouth.

At this point, everyone's applauding and the man even gives them a little wave while his other half stands there in utter shock at what's happening.

When she's back to her senses, she seemingly accepts the man's proposal, taking the ring onto her finger and hugging him.

While the moment might have been an adorable display of love for those in attendance at the event, when the clip was reposted to Twitter via the university, it got a terribly mixed response.

Some seemed to approve with one user writing: "I think this was super sweet and romantic. What a really special day to remember for them. Congratulations to her great achievement and success, and congratulations and best wishes to the beautiful couple!"

However, many others took to the comments to slam the man for his "narcissism."

One user wrote: "The way he made his girlfriend and her entire class’ graduation about him? Feel sorry for her and also for all her classmates who had their moment outshined by one man’s narcissism."

Another added: "I’ll start with the caveat that I hope they’re happy and congratulations! BUT (call me unromantic), but I would be absolutely raging if a man did this lol. This day is about your achievements - don’t make it about your relationship. Do it tomorrow, or the day after! Just no !!"

A third had some advice for men out there, writing: "Men. Please don’t do this. Public proposals suck but taking a moment meant to celebrate your partner’s achievements and making it about you is particularly low," with another responding to the comment alleging that the guy in the video had done this "deliberately."

Not only did people criticize the proposer in this, some even went as far as calling out the university staff for celebrating such a "selfish" moment.

"The more I think about this the angrier I get. I hope all the staff at @UniofNewcastle in particular those academics applauding and hugging have a good long look at what made them think this was to be celebrated," a Twitter user wrote. "This needs to be addressed, especially in a place of learning."

In the wake of the backlash, the university decided to delete the clip from their socials, though that hasn't stopped the conversation around diminishing women's achievements as well as bad proposal ideas.

Yikes.

Featured Image Credit: Delmaine Donson/Getty