A criminal justice course that sparked a friendship, became a marital union

April 1, 2019

CCJ graduate student and program Administrative Assistant Michelle Lishin wed Moe Rahman, whom she met in CRJ 473, in a quaint ceremony officiated by Prof. Donald Shelton.

Lishin and Rahman wedding
Lishin and Rahman wedding
CCJ Director and Professor Donald Shelton, Michelle Lishin Rahman, Moe Rahman, and Judge Annette Berry.

Michelle (Lishin) Rahman, a Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate student, who also works as the administrative assistant and internship coordinator for the program, recently married Moe Rahman whom she met in CRJ 473: Race, Crime, and Justice in 2016.

Prior to their decision to marry, Michelle noted they had been friends for a long time, and would work together on class projects, and attended off-campus class trips together.

The couple wed in a quaint ceremony officiated by Donald Shelton, Ph.D., J.D., Michelle’s supervisor and the director of the Criminology and Criminal Justice program, and also Judge Annette Berry, who was a former instructor of the couple.

“I previously heard Don talk about how he used to perform weddings, and that’s when I got the idea that I would ask him to perform ours,” Michelle said. “My fiancé loved the idea, and Don was very excited when I asked him.”

For their special day, Michelle’s surprise to her husband to-be was her wedding gown. Initially she opted to keep her attire simple for their ceremony, but when she found a gown that represented her style she couldn’t resist.

“He had no idea I was going to wear a wedding dress, but he was surprised when I walked in wearing one,” she said.

The newlyweds plan to travel later this summer for their honeymoon, and are currently enjoying settling into their home.


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