Sealed with a kiss
RELEASED: Feb. 8, 2007
DANVILLE, KY—With Valentine's Day just around the corner, love is in the air on Centre College's campus.
According to campus legend, any Centre couple that kisses at midnight while standing on the brass College seal in front of Old Centre (the College's oldest building) will marry after graduation. The folklore hasn't been scientifically tested, but the proliferation of "double alum" weddings reported in the alumni magazine CentrePiece would lend support to the notion.
Caroline Stone '07 and Mitchell Waldner '06 kissed on the seal during the spring of Waldner's senior year at Centre.
"We were walking from North campus to the fraternity houses one night with my older sister who was visiting," Stone says. "We were showing her Old Centre and telling the story of the seal. We realized then that, even though we'd always talked about it, we had never actually kissed on the seal. It was pretty close to midnight so we ran over there right then."
Stone and Waldner both grew up in Frankfort, Ky. Although they went to school together from preschool through college, the two didn't officially start dating until their sophomore and junior years in high school.
"We both went to GSP [Governor's Scholars Program] at Centre and had heard the story of kissing on the seal while we were there. Even before we actually went to Centre it was something we said we were going to do once we got there," Stone says.
The two married this past December in Louisville surrounded by family and friends, many of whom are connected to the College.It's commonplace for Centre students to tie the knot. According to research by Beau Weston, associate professor of sociology at the College, there are approximately 780 married alumni couples. That means 1,560 individuals out of 10,840 living alumni marry a fellow Centre student—more than one in every seven alumni.
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