Posted by Johanna Kaiser May 17, 2013 04:47 PM
By Johanna Kaiser, Town Correspondent
Earning a master’s degree may be reason enough for most graduates to celebrate. But for two matriculating Suffolk University students, commencement is just one ceremony they will be attending this weekend.
Nearly two years after Yan Hao and Jordan Medalia met on their first day on Suffolk University’s campus, the two will walk across stage to receive their graduate degrees, but not before walking down the aisle to be married.
Hao, 31, and Medalia, 27, will graduate from Suffolk's Sawyer Business School Sunday morning. On Saturday, the two will be at the center of a wedding ceremony at the historic Henderson House in Weston.
The couple, who happened to sit next to each other at their graduate student orientation in August 2011, were engaged two months ago and planned their wedding in a month.
“We knew it would be a busy weekend but thought it would work best,” said Medalia, who is from Medfield.
Their friends and family are also ready to attend both events, including Hao’s mother, sister and niece from China.
Medalia admitted the week has been stressful as they deal with last minute details, but Hao, who is originally for China, noted good things come in pairs.
“I just feel like I had really good luck after I came to America,” said Hao, who even won a raffle ticket to see a Red Sox game—her first baseball game. “I had very good luck. Now I get a husband.”
To that, Medalia said to Hao, “You share your good luck with me.”
The two first met when Hao decided to sit next Medalia because his shirt happened to be her favorite color and he seemed like a "good guy."
"It was light green," Hao said. "Besides that, he was very handsome and very tall, and he stood out.”
Hao said Medalia was shy, but the two made small talk that day and would later see each other around campus.
"I was excited everytime I ran into her at school,” said Medalia, who would help Hao with her papers. Hao would bring him dumplings as a thank-you.
Medalia eventually asked her on on a date to the Sam Adams Brewery tour. "She didn’t think it was a date," he said with a laugh.
“He’s a very helpful, trustworthy guy,” Hao said. “He was my friend at a time that I had no friends.”
Medalia is receiving a joint master's degree in business administration and accounting, and Hao is receiving her master of health administration degree.
Medalia will work as an auditor for Ernst & Young. Hao plans to enter the healthcare industry. But first the couple plans to take some time off as newlyweds to visit Cape Cod or possibly Yosemite.
As the couple prepares to graduate and marry, both said they were happy to go through school together.
“I think it was very helpful," Medalia said. "Yan helped me stay focused and kept me in a good mood. I did the same for her, I hope."
E-mail Kaiser at Johanna.firstname.lastname@example.org. For more news about your city, town, neighborhood, or campus, visit boston.com’s Your Town homepage.