Matt Robinson (’12) and Nicole Roy’s (’12) love story comes full circle at Mount Allison BY MELISSA LOMBARD Many love stories have begun at Mount Allison — as did Matt Robinson’s and Nicole Roy’s. They met at Mount Allison in 2008 at Windsor Hall’s Mardi Gras party. Two weeks later they were officially dating and, now, six years later, they are engaged. The proposal took place on Oct. 4, 2014 on Mount Allison’s MacAulay Field. Robinson says he couldn’t imagine proposing anywhere else, but at Mount Allison. “Nearly our entire relationship, up to this point, was spent going to school at Mount A,” says Robinson. “It was a no-brainer that I should incorporate Mount A into the proposal somehow.” With the help of Nicole’s cousin Katelyn Roy (’12), who introduced the couple, more than 200 Mount Allison students were organized on the football field to spell “Will you marry me?” The students spelling ‘you’ and ‘me’ were from the couples’ former residences — Hunton and Bennett. Robinson, who creates aerial video promotions with a drone, told Nicole they were going to campus to meet with the marketing director about creating a video for the University. While they were “waiting,” he had the drone take flight and begin to fly over the football field. Once it was in position and he was able to see the live stream of the field on his display, he snapped an aerial photo of the proposal. While still having the proposal words within view, he called Nicole over to see what the people were doing on the field. “After showing her the display and knowing she had read those four words, I was able to get down on one knee,” he says. After some baffled and shocked looks from Nicole, I heard the word I knew I would hear, YES! The signal to the more than 200 Mounties below that it was a success was to spin the drone in circles. Once this happened, the field erupted in cheers and a stampede came charging to the upper edge of the hill to cheer and scream. After receiving a big thank you from us, the crowd turned and began chanting the Mount A cheer.” Nicole can only describe her initial reaction as surprise. “Matt kept all of this such a secret,” she says. “I had no idea that he was going to propose to me, let alone in such an extravagant way.” The fact that it was at Mount Allison, made it that much more special. “It meant so much,” says Nicole. “I fell in love with Mount A as soon as I arrived for frosh week and it has had a special place in my heart ever since. So having Mount A involved with our proposal was perfect. I really couldn’t think of a better way; it was so fitting for us. We met here, we started dating here, we fell in love here, and now we can say we got engaged here.” Nicole is currently working as a coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester and is planning to pursue a Bachelor of Education. Robinson is a GIS specialist/UAV pilot based in Amherst, NS. The couple plans to get married on Aug. 15, 2015 in Truro. Tell us your Mount Allison love story on social media using #MtALove Watch the proposal video at 19