College Graduate’s Celebratory Backflip Ends With a Thud

By ABC News

Apr 29, 2014 1:39pm

While some college graduates sometimes have a hard time landing on their feet when it’s time to enter the workforce, one graduate of Michigan’s Davenport University had trouble landing on his feet before he even left the graduation stage.

When Robert Jeffrey Blank stepped up to the podium to accept his diploma Sunday at Davenport’s graduation ceremony in Grand Rapids, Mich., the newly minted member of the class of 2014 shook hands with officials like his other classmates did.

Blank then decided to liven things up by doing a backflip on stage, only he fell short and landed with a thud.

“We’re just going to give it a minute,” the commencement announcer can be heard saying in the YouTube video that captured Blank’s fall.

Blank landed face-down on the stage but was not seriously hurt.  He walked off the stage and the graduation ceremony continued.

A spokeswoman for the university declined to comment on the incident, telling ABCNews.com it was a “student’s personal celebration.”

Blank could not be reached as of this writing.

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