Maine Student Leaves Girlfriend Speechless After Proposing at Graduation Ceremony

Courtesy Rachel Rice/University of Maine at Presque Isle(PRESQUE ISLE, Maine) -- Graduation ceremonies can sometimes drag on and on as students in oversized gowns and tightly fitting caps tap their legs in anticipation of the event's end.

But that was not the case at University of Maine at Presque Isle’s 107th commencement ceremony on Saturday after the school allowed a graduating student to pop the question to his girlfriend of a year and a half.

"They were a little hesitant because it was last minute," Physical Education senior Timothy Babine told ABC News. "And they said, 'Are you sure she is going to say yes?' and I said, 'I sure hope so.'"

Babine said he was sure, however, that Fine Arts junior Hayley Hamilton was the one for him. "I've never felt so comfortable expressing the way I feel being around her," Babine said. "She just makes me who I am, and she makes me a better person."

The plan was set in motion. "I would now like to call graduate Timothy Babine up to the platform," university president Linda Schott tells the packed auditorium in a video of the special moment. "He has a special announcement to share with the graduating class."

Hamilton had no idea what was coming. "He told me that he was supposed to make a goodbye speech," she told ABC News.

Babine started off by congratulating the class of 2016 before switching gears. "There is an actual special someone here that I want to do something important with...." he says in the video.

Babine then strolled all the way to the back of the room where Hamilton was sitting, pulled a ring from his pocket and, like a true gentleman, got down on one knee.

"I couldn't breathe," Hamilton said with a laugh. "I had to nod my head instead of speak."

The crowd cheered.

"I wasn't able to breathe until I got out of the [gymnasium] when everything was done with," Hamilton added, "and I ended [up] crying and trying to catch my breath at the same because my anxiety kicked in."

The couple said they will continue to focus on their education before getting married.

Babine is heading to grad school in West Virginia, where he'll study exercise science, while Hamilton is transferring to a new school in New Hampshire to pursue media studies.

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California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfires

California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfiresGoogle Earth(NEW YORK) -- Ravaged by a slew of deadly wildfires in recent days, northern California is set to get a bit of relief this week in the form of rain.

A storm system is expected to move over the Pacific Northwest later this week and the trailing cold front will most likely bring some much-needed rain to northern California between Thursday and Friday, according to ABC meteorologists.

"It will rain a bit but not enough to fully douse the blazes," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said in a statement Tuesday. "The biggest advantage to firefighters will be the increase in humidity and lower temperatures."

Massive wildfires have charred more than 245,000 acres of land statewide in the past week, killing at least 41 people and destroying thousands of homes, according to authorities.

Firefighters were battling about a dozen wildfires as of late Tuesday evening, although most of them were more than halfway contained.

“The weather today will be warm with low humidity, which will continue to challenge firefighters, but only light winds are forecast,” CalFire said in a statement on Tuesday. “A chance of precipitation is expected to arrive later in the week, bringing relief from the dry conditions.”

The northern parts of the Golden State, which has bared the brunt of the fire damage, is forecast to see an influx of cloudy, cooler and wetter weather later in the week, according to AccuWeather.

Spotter from Los Osos was reporting sprinkles from this high level moisture. Dry at lower levels. Rain evaporates. Also called "Virga" #cawx

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) October 18, 2017

However, a return of dry air, heat and areas of gusty winds could once again raise the wildfire danger early next week, meteorologists said.

Separately, a band of moisture, referred to as Atmospheric River by weather experts, is currently stretching between Asia and North America. It’s expected to bring several storm systems into many parts of the Pacific Northwest through the rest of the week.

The first of these storms have already hit the Pacific Northwest with wind gusts of between 40 and 74 mph.

A number of wind warnings and flood watches are in effect in the western and northern parts of the U.S. ahead of the storm.

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