Maria G. and John B. Checton announce the engagement of their daughter, Tara Maria Checton, to Joseph Gerard Griffin Jr., son of Janet and Joe Griffin.

The future bride is a 2008 graduate of Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, and a 2014 graduate of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K., where she earned a degree in veterinary medicine. She is a staff veterinarian at Shrewsbury Animal Hospital, Tinton Falls.

Her fiancé is a 2006 graduate of Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He is a professional engineer at Griffin Consulting in Spring Lake.

A September, 2017 wedding is planned.