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#ISULoveBirds: Alumni share their Redbird romances

Tyler and Hillary Wiggs on ISU bench

Tyler and Hillary Wiggs met freshman year in Wright Hall. The day Tyler graduated, he bought her engagement ring. (Submitted by Tyler Wiggs/Facebook)

Everyone comes to Illinois State University to earn their degree. Some are lucky enough to leave with a Redbird romance too.

Last fall, Illinois State asked alumni and students to share their Redbird romance stories on social media, using the hashtag #ISULoveBirds. You shared some amazing photos and stories, many of them involving the iconic “To Those Who Fell in Love at ISU” bench near Bone Student Center. You can see all the #ISULoveBirds contest winners on Facebook.

Here are a few more #ISULoveBirds photos, tweets, and posts that we also loved. You can also read Redbird romance stories in Illinois State magazine’s regular How We Met feature.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Redbirds!

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