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Louisville guard Kyle Kuric interrupts graduation ceremony with marriage proposal

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

Graduating from the Louisville School of Dentistry wasn't the most exciting moment of Taraneh Momeni's weekend.

In fact, it was a distant second.

As Momeni walked across the stage after receiving her diploma, Louisville senior guard Kyle Kuric ran up to the podium under the guise that he wanted to snap some photos of his longtime girlfriend's big moment. Instead, Kuric grabbed the microphone and launched into a concise speech, telling the audience, "Sorry to interrupt, but me and her have been dating for about 2 1/2 years. I love her more than anything and I definitely want to be with her for the rest of my life."

With that Kuric, dropped to one knee, unveiled a ring and asked a wobbly-legged Momeni if she'd marry him. She said yes and they shared an embrace, much to the delight of the roaring crowd at the ceremony.

"Well, my entire family was going to be in town and obviously her entire family was going to be in town for this so, we wanted it to be a big family thing," Kuric told WHTV in Louisville. "She had no idea so that just added to it."

Kuric admitted he was extremely nervous sitting through the graduation ceremony and walking up to the stage. Even for a guy who coolly sank some key jumpers in the Final Four last month in front of 70,000 fans, a marriage proposal in front of an audience of only a few hundred is still a stressful, anxious experience.

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