Holly Wonneberger ’14 (CLAS) and Chris De Marchis ’13 (CLAS)
Holly Wonneberger ’14 (CLAS) and Chris De Marchis ’13 (CLAS), both English majors, got engaged at UConn on November 18, 2017. They will be getting married July 20, 2019. They met in the fall of 2011, when they were both enrolled in back-to-back English courses: Honors Medieval Literature and Intro to Literary Theory. They were close friends through the rest of their time at UConn, including taking Gina Barreca’s Advanced Creative Writing seminar together.
After graduating in 2013, Chris took a graduate publishing course at Columbia University’s School of Journalism and started a career in publishing at Rodale Books in New York City. After Holly graduated in 2014, they started dating, but Holly then moved to Washington, D.C. to start law school at Georgetown University. After three years of being in a long distance relationship, during which they each moved three times, and Chris went back to school to earn his Master’s in the Teaching of English from Columbia University’s Teachers College, they both moved back to Connecticut.
On November 18, 2017, after taking a walk around campus, including their old classrooms in CLAS (now the Austin building), Chris proposed to Holly on the quad of South Campus where Holly lived as a student, and Chris would walk her to after class.