Winston-Salem State grad surprises girlfriend with proposal after graduation ceremony


Valarie Gaines and Collin Spratt-Wilks (Photo: WSSU)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem State University graduate got the surprise of a lifetime after the graduation ceremony Friday.

Valarie Gaines and Collin Spratt-Wilks first met in middle school in Charlotte.

Gaines and Spratt-Wilks started dating in 2010 and went to WSSU together.

Following the ceremony, with dozens of their family members there, Spratt-Wilks surprised Gaines by getting down on one knee, opening up a small box and asking her to marry him. She said yes!

Congratulations Valarie and Collin!

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