What started off as the end of their academic studies soon turned out to be the start of the rest of their lives together.
When Eveline Tshibwabwa, a Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) alumni, took to the stage to collect her internal auditing qualification at her graduation, she didn’t know that her beau, DieMerci (Diego) Mukeba, was planning the perfect proposal.
“We were both studying the same course and graduated on the same day,” the 24-year-old to YOU.
“This entire year had just been so difficult for both of us especially because we were studying while working.
“But he’s such a caring partner and was so supportive throughout the year.”
On 10 December, the day of their graduation at the CPUT Bellville campus, Eve noticed that Diego who she’s been with since 2016, was acting a bit strange.
“He was inexplainably calm, compared to our previous graduation I was more nervous this time which was quite strange,” she explained
After the ceremony the pair headed outside to take pictures for their memorable day.
“We hired a photographer to capture us and our families on the special day but throughout the shoot, I started to notice that our classmates and friends were following us around,” Eve said.
Then the unexpected happened . . .
Midway through their photoshoot, Diego got down on one knee and asked Eve to spend the rest of her life with him.
“I was completely speechless, I couldn’t believe it . . . at that moment I was incredibly overwhelmed with emotions.”
While they’re in no rush to set a date for their wedding, Eve emphasises the importance of having a supportive partner.
“Be C couple goals in your own right with your partner. For us our education as well as our future has always been the focal point.”