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Graduation backflip goes very badly

WATCH: Davenport Graduate Attempts Backflip At Commencement Ceremony

Graduating college is a big deal, and one Davenport University grad decided to celebrate receiving his diploma in a big way.

"Oh, no! Yeah, he decided to do a backflip, but yeah he did not land that so well. Don't worry! He's okay."

Rough landing. MLive reports the graduate's name is Robert Jeffrey Blank.

Blank had just shaken the university president's hand when he attempted to do a backflip. Still, perseverance! The reporter noted that Blank was able to pick himself up and walk off the stage after landing face-first.

Blank spoke with Michigan's WOOD-TV about what made him decided to attempt the ill-fated flip.

'I do backflips all the time. And I was up there, my family was cheering for me, and after I shook all the hands, there was an open space and I gave it a go. It didn't work out so well.'

Well, hey - executing a backflip perfectly while wearing a cap and billowy gown AND holding a diploma might be a little hard.

But those commencement ceremonies can be exhausting, so we're sure Blank's stunt woke up everyone in the audience.

While his ego, and maybe a few other areas might be a little bruised, Blank still graduated so he's got that goin' for him.

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bandicoot5 April 29 2014 at 6:40 PM

It's not YOUR day, you show off. It was every graduate's day. Next time, don't try to hog the spotlight.

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ncast23766 April 29 2014 at 8:05 PM

I can understand his excitment, but he is still a idiot

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dl0007 ncast23766 April 30 2014 at 6:28 AM

Looks like Mom and Dad got short changed on their college dollars!

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tornekrayville April 29 2014 at 8:14 PM

He's depriving some village of an idiot.

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barryaclarke April 29 2014 at 2:26 PM

I wonder how many future employers will see this as it's stuck in the electronic web forever and ever and think to themselves…..hmmm

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emoore2927 April 29 2014 at 8:25 PM

This won't look good on his resume.

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medworkcomp April 29 2014 at 2:08 PM

Lol.... ha ha ha too funny ....

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Kay April 29 2014 at 8:41 PM

I thought graduating from college was a sign that you finally an adult!

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jason6474 April 29 2014 at 2:02 PM


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ampac April 29 2014 at 9:09 PM

You got the first mud on your face in the working world. It will be easier next time. go for it!

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grudgrime April 29 2014 at 1:56 PM

All in good fun!

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