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Graduating isn’t the only big change in store for some TCU seniors. Some are getting married too.

Here’s a look into the lives of four seniors as they start new chapters in adulthood and in marriage.

Abbie Pinkston and Justin Rich

TCU seniors Justin Rich and Abbie Pinkston celebrate their engagement at Sundance Square.
TCU seniors Justin Rich and Abbie Pinkston celebrate their engagement at Sundance Square.

Abbie Pinkston met her fiancé, Justin Rich, when they both lived in Moncrief Hall their first year of college. They have been dating ever since.

Rich proposed to Pinkston in March at the rose garden in the Fort Worth Botanical Garden, just a few minutes from campus.

“Since we just recently got engaged, it has been fun so far,” Pinkston said. “The most exciting thing right now is seeing our friends who have watched our relationship grow from freshman year until now and reminiscing on the good times with them.”

Pinkston said her favorite TCU memory with Hill was “definitely going to TCU football games, but specifically, junior year, we were on the kiss cam at the Minnesota game.”

To anyone looking for a good date night, Abbie and Justin suggest the Four Day Weekend Comedy Club in downtown Fort Worth. It has become one of their favorite date night spots since coming to TCU.

The couple plans on getting married in summer 2017. Though Hill is from Alabama and Pinkston is from Texas, they are hoping to pick a wedding venue that is in or close to Fort Worth.

After the two get married, Abbie will attend graduate school at TCU and earn her master’s degree in social work. Hill will pursue medical school and the two plan on moving wherever he decides to go.

Emily Pulliam and Brandon Howard

TCU senior, Emily Pulliam, and her fiancé, Ben Howard.
TCU senior, Emily Pulliam, and her fiancé, Ben Howard.

Emily Pulliam met her fiance, Brandon Howard, in elementary school. Third grade, to be exact.

“We were in the same third-grade class, we dated in seventh grade, then my family moved to Texas when I was in eighth grade and we lost touch,” Emily said. “A mutual friend connected us again last May, we met for lunch one day in June, and the rest is history.”

Howard proposed to Pulliam on top of a mountain in Colorado over Christmas break in 2015.

Pulliam is currently enjoying the prep for graduation and the wedding planning.

“I love being busy and active, so I don’t mind the fact that I’ve got a lot on my plate,” she said. “At times, it can be stressful because we have to make a lot of big decisions, but we know it’ll all pay off the day of the actual wedding.”

The big day is set for August 20, 2016, in Springdale, Arkansas. They chose Springdale because it is close to where they both grew up. The two also plan on moving to the area after their wedding.

“It’s a special place to both of us, so we felt it would be perfect to have all our friends and family from all over come celebrate with us there,” Emily said.

Kristen Adams and Patrick Thornhill

TCU senior, Kristen Adams, with her fiancé, Patrick Thornhill.
TCU senior, Kristen Adams, with her fiancé, Patrick Thornhill.

Meet TCU bride and communication studies major, Kristen Adams.

Kristen Adams and Patrick Thornhill met at a Sunglass Hut the summer after Adams’ freshman year of college. Thornhill was working when Adams came in the store to look for sunglasses.

“He took me over to the Ray Bans, and I commented on his “I Am Second” bracelet, a Christian organization, which then led us into talking about his story and why he came to Dallas,” Adams said.

Thornhill proposed four days before Christmas in 2015. He told Adams they were going to dinner, but they had to make a stop at the Bank of America building in downtown Dallas to deliver a folder to one of Thornhill’s clients.

Thornhill took Adams to the 69th floor of the 72-story building and asked her to marry him.

Thornhill didn’t go to TCU. He is a graduate of Elon University in North Carolina.

The two will get married on Oct. 29. The wedding will take place at Adams’ home church, Highland Park Presbyterian Church, in Dallas.

Thornhill didn’t go to TCU. He is a graduate of Elon University in North Carolina. After she graduates, Adams will work for Allie Beth Allman Real Estate in Dallas.

Thornhill, who is also in the residential real estate business, said, “I am hoping we become a husband and wife real estate team someday.”

Meg Griffin and Cole Thatcher

TCU senior, Meg Griffin, and her fiancé, Cole Thatcher celebrate their engagement in Vail, Colorado.
TCU senior, Meg Griffin, and her fiancé, Cole Thatcher celebrate their engagement in Vail, Colorado.

Meg Griffin met her fiancé, Cole Thatcher, in summer 2014 at a summer camp called Sky Ranch.

“We met during staff training, and we didn’t really talk because I worked at a Christian summer camp,” Griffin said. “They really discouraged that because they didn’t want us to be distracted.”

Throughout the camp, the two got to know each other. By the end, Thatcher approached Griffin and asked if she saw a future for a relationship. She said yes.

Thatcher proposed to Griffin in Vail, Colorado, during Christmas 2015. He led Meg to a snowy spot outdoors through a series of letters that his family gave her. When she saw him, he had flowers and fake candles in the snow, and he popped the question.

Since Thatcher attends Texas A&M University in College Station, the two have gone through two school years of a long-distance relationship.

“We’ve been able to see the really bright side of being apart and how that can just help us grow individually,” Meg said.

The two usually see each other about every two weeks — sometimes more, sometimes less.

“We kind of both realized that if we are going make this work, we have to be OK with driving and sacrificing some things, but we also have to be OK with not seeing each other every weekend,” she said.

The couple will get married on Nov. 19 in Dallas. After graduation, Griffin will start graduate school in August to earn her master’s degree in Christian education.