“We were at a party, but he was sitting talking to a couple of other people. We danced once, and then he found me again at the party and it wasn’t until we stepped out and started talking that we really connected.
“We have three kids now, and our kids are so familiar with the campus at Champaign-Urbana. They feel like it’s home for them.
“It’s funny you and I discussing the differences in our experiences, because Dwayne and I were talking yesterday, and he was saying that when he was there, he lived in FAR/PAR and walked everywhere. I lived in Barton some years later, and by then there were shuttle buses for campus throughout the campus.
“Now, when we go back, we’re always amazed to see how much the campus has transformed. U. of I., it holds a special place in our hearts because that’s where we met.
“We wanted to get married in Champaign, but we ended up getting married in Decatur, my hometown. We thought it would be nice to get everyone back on campus again, which is kind of what we did the following day.”
Amber Commodore, a member of Delta Sigma Theta, met her husband Dwayne during U. of I. Homecoming 2000. They dated for two years before getting married in 2002. Amber and Dwayne plan on attending this upcoming Homecoming in 2016 with their family. Amber graduated with a degree in sociology and Dwayne graduated with a degree in civil engineering.
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