Princeton valedictorian, 25, is engaged to her former professor, 71, after six months of dating

A 25-year-old Princeton farewell has revealed that she is engaged to her former professor and & # 39; beloved mentor & # 39; who is almost 50 years older.

Ivy League graduate Cameron Platt told friends and family in a streaming Facebook post about her love for 71-year-old Lee Clark Mitchell, who wrote that they had made it & # 39; officially & # 39 ;.

Platt, who has just completed her master's degree at Oxford University, said the couple only started dating six months ago after he & # 39; s brilliance, sensitivity and passion & # 39; had praised.

Mitchell, who will be 72 years old in June, was president of the English Department of Princeton, when Cameron took his classes five years ago during her second year of study, the New York Post reports.

In a post last week, Platt wrote: & # 39; I followed his college course on Henry James and William Faulkner. Lee was little more than a stranger to me then, but he enchanted me with his genius, sensitivity and passion.

& # 39; His readings changed forever as I think.

& # 39; By the time I graduated, he had become a sweet and dedicated mentor to me. & # 39;

Princeton representative Cameron Platt, 25, in the photo, has announced that she is engaged to her 71-year-old former professor and & # 39; beloved mentor & # 39; Lee Clark Mitchell

Ivy League graduate Cameron told friends and family in a streaming Facebook post about her love for 71-year-old Mitchell, pictured

Ivy League graduate Cameron told friends and family in a streaming Facebook post about her love for 71-year-old Mitchell, pictured

Princeton farewell Cameron Platt, 25, left, announced that she is engaged to her 71-year-old former professor and & # 39; beloved mentor & # 39; Lee Clark Mitchell, right

After traveling to Oxford to study there, Cameron said she was surprised & # 39; was how much she still thought of Mitchell, who is currently on an academic sabbatical from Princeton.

He was previously married to Carolyn Abbate, 63, described as & # 39; one of & # 39; the world's most talented and admired music historians & # 39 ;. The couple is supposed to have two sons, aged 21 and 26.

When she showed a photo with her diamond ring, she added: & I soon realized that I felt something for him that I had not recognized before. At the end of my two years in Oxford, after much thought and with the encouragement of my wonderful friends, I decided to shoot my photo. & # 39;

The couple then went to the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan on their first date after Cameron had the courage to ask Lee.

She said her former professor spent the most time on her first date to discover & # 39; whether it was a romantic day out and despite concerns about & # 39; coming together in such different stages of life & # 39; she said they were walking through the museum & # 39; if & # 39; shy teenagers & # 39; , eager but for the moment & # 39 ;.

Platt, who has just completed her master's degree at Oxford University, said the couple only started dating six months ago after he & # 39; s brilliance, sensitivity and passion & # 39; had praised.

Platt, who has just completed her master's degree at Oxford University, said the couple only started dating six months ago after he & # 39; s brilliance, sensitivity and passion & # 39; had praised.

Platt, who has just completed her master's degree at Oxford University, said the couple only started dating six months ago after he & # 39; s brilliance, sensitivity and passion & # 39; had praised.

The couple then went to the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan on their first date

The couple then went to the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan on their first date

Platt said they were walking through the museum & # 39; as & # 39; shy teenagers, eager but careful & # 39;

Platt said they were walking through the museum & # 39; as & # 39; shy teenagers, eager but careful & # 39;

The couple then went to the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan on their first date. Platt said they were walking through the museum & # 39; as & # 39; shy teenagers, eager but careful & # 39;

Cameron said they kept their relationship private for the first six months, but have now received hundreds of likes on Facebook with their happy news.

She added: & # 39; Finally, to our surprise, we broke through.

& # 39; Something has grown out of a seed that none of us had known we had planted, and we realized that the power of feeling that we had been around for so long and were called by other names (admiration, wonder) , dedication, gratitude) contained the hope and potential for love.

& # 39; In the end it became impossible to deny how completely we feel for each other, and neither of us has looked back since.

& # 39; Now we are here, more than ever forced, we want no other life than the one we make together. Last week we made it official. & # 39;

DailyMail.com has contacted Mitchell, Platt and Princeton for comment.

The school finds it inappropriate to provide & # 39; comment on personal relationships taking place outside the university & # 39 ;, said a spokesperson for The New York Post.