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Photos: Louisville Metro Police Recruit Proposes to Girlfriend During Academy Graduation

Cody Farmer, a recruit for the Louisville Metro Police Department, waits to enter Iroquois Amphitheater before the Louisville Metro Police Department's graduation ceremony for Metro Academy Class 27 in Louisville, Ky., on Friday, June 6, 2014. Farmer will propose to his girlfriend of six and a half years on stage. Photo by Eleanor Hasken | Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting
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Cody Farmer, a recruit for the Louisville Metro Police Department, waits to enter Iroquois Amphitheater before the Louisville Metro Police Department's graduation ceremony for Metro Academy Class 27 in Louisville, Ky., on Friday, June 6, 2014. Farmer will propose to his girlfriend of six and a half years on stage. Photo by Eleanor Hasken | Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Cody Farmer had a big day. On Friday, he became a Louisville Metro Police officer—one of 23 recruits to graduate the department's training academy.He also proposed to his girlfriend,  Samantha Schmidt.She said yes.

Louisville Metro Police recruit Cody Farmer waits to enter Iroquois Amphitheater before the Louisville Metro Police Department's graduation ceremony.

Farmer proposed to his girlfriend on stage after receiving his badge. Farmer had planned on proposing at a restaurant after the ceremony, but his officers encouraged him to propose on stage.

  Farmer hugs Schmidt after she accepts his proposal on stage during the ceremony. 

Schmidt and her parents, Renee, 49, and Paul, 50, look at her engagement ring after exiting the stage. Schmidt had to wear another ring above her engagement ring to make sure the engagement ring did not slip off.

Major Tandeta Hettich, LMPD's director of training, laughs with Farmer during the inspection of new officers after Farmer proposed to his girlfriend.

Renee Schmidt demonstrates how she responded to Officer Cody Farmer proposal to her daughter during the graduation ceremony.

Officer Cody Farmer laughs while he hugs his fiancée, Samantha Schmidt, after the graduation ceremony concluded. Schmidt was "very, very excited" and said that the proposal was "totally unexpected."​​​​​​​​​​​​​​