Graduation ceremony goes silent when student with autism accepts diploma | GMA Digital

  • Published on Jul 10, 2019
  • Jack Higgins walks up to receive his diploma from Principal Lou Riolo. READ MORE:
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  • whu tt
    whu tt 17 days ago

    The teacher really understands him that he gave a pack of sour patch kids to him. :))

  • Justin Carawan
    Justin Carawan 18 days ago +1

    Respect! All the way around... respect.

  • tryu
    tryu 21 day ago

    If only engineers could invent a device for helping such kids. Something to put in ears cancelling noise. We could call it noise cancelling earphones or smth. I can only hope such a day will come.

  • Michael Tioko
    Michael Tioko 22 days ago

    Thank you

  • Ballistic Badger
    Ballistic Badger 24 days ago +1

    I have autism myself
    and i would not expect
    people to give me
    any special treatment
    because of my autism.
    My parents raised me to
    man up and accept that
    the world doesn't give a
    shit about my handicap.
    It's shit like this that
    ensures that this kid
    lives in a safespace.
    When he finally gets out
    into the real world he
    will not be prepaired
    for it at all because
    his school and parents
    have treated him as "that poor autistic person!!"....
    I feel bad for him....
    Not because he's
    autistic but because
    everyone treats
    him like he is ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜’....

  • Michael Smith
    Michael Smith 25 days ago


  • Snoop Seal
    Snoop Seal 25 days ago

    Take that you 4chan dipshits

  • Ami J
    Ami J 26 days ago

    How kind is this I just love how he was respected wow ๐Ÿ˜

  • Keegan Birss
    Keegan Birss 26 days ago

    Also some of you might not have known this but Beethoven and Einstein had Autism

  • James Quinn
    James Quinn 27 days ago

    This goes to show how much the world has changed since 07 when i graduated high school this simply wouldn't of happened 12yrs ago if it did it was a lot rarer honestly i am surprised that no one made a single noise and was incredibly respectful to him you just made a cynic regain a small amount of faith for the human race

  • Tatiana Franco
    Tatiana Franco 27 days ago +1

    I saw the title and got mad.

    Then I realized how sweet this was ๐Ÿฅบ

  • EdgyMonster
    EdgyMonster 27 days ago


  • when you can bust a myth but not a nut

    autistic lul

  • risa
    risa 27 days ago

    Phew for a sec there i thought they don't like him because of his autism so they didn't clap

  • Jesse Hernandez
    Jesse Hernandez 27 days ago

    ๐Ÿ“ณ๐Ÿ”‡๐Ÿ“ž๐Ÿ”‡๐Ÿ“Ÿ๐Ÿ”‡๐Ÿ“ ๐Ÿ”‡๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ“ณ watching this video with no volume or sound ๐Ÿ˜

  • lucy loo
    lucy loo 27 days ago

    Dang, I didn't get a bag of candy for graduation ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

  • Exxelenen Setijadi
    Exxelenen Setijadi 28 days ago

    This is maybe the only time slow clap is actually a good thing

  • SNKRhead Games
    SNKRhead Games 28 days ago

    Carmel high school? And you give him sour patch kids instead of Carmel?!!!

  • Diory N
    Diory N 28 days ago +1

    I'm also holding my breath while watching til the end!

  • dirrDtv
    dirrDtv 28 days ago

    Are we supposed to feel gratitude towards students that did what their principal asked then to do? Or are today's students so misbehaved that when a senior class actually follows instructions that is seen as expressing great compassion? I am not sure I understand the significance of this video.

    AduDOMBA ABLE 28 days ago

    highschool has diploma degree?

  • Luis angel The coldness

    It serves you right, ruthless bullies

  • Deijah Mcknight
    Deijah Mcknight 29 days ago

    Beautiful moment๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  • Byron JONES
    Byron JONES 29 days ago

    Some times America impresses me sometimes .....

  • Carlos Martinez
    Carlos Martinez 29 days ago

    This video helps me out so much bcuz I was diagnosed with Type 420 Diabetes when my dad went to go get milk but never returned (still searching for milk) and my mom went to go look for him but she never came back

  • Menard Bros Vids ไฟบๆŒฏใƒ“

    Imagine getting a phone call during this moment

  • think outloud
    think outloud 29 days ago

    After reading the comments I was just listening for the fart....Shout out to Jack๐ŸŽ“

  • ShenMunk
    ShenMunk 29 days ago

    Plz explain to me what is sour patch kids?

  • ShenMunk
    ShenMunk 29 days ago

    These kinds of vids are the best oN yoUtUbe! I love it
    Am in teaRs
    Atleast i fEEL i Can breath weLl in tHis pouLlUteD World

  • Kenan Von Kaiser
    Kenan Von Kaiser 29 days ago +1

    If You Fart They Will Hear You!

  • Renate van der poel
    Renate van der poel 29 days ago +1

    Omg I just feel a lot better about this world. I feel proud knowing that there are people this nice๐Ÿ˜.

  • Kristina Lampkin
    Kristina Lampkin 29 days ago

    Awe thatโ€™s so sweet. I canโ€™t wait until my nephew graduates.

  • Confident Sharp TG
    Confident Sharp TG 29 days ago

    I like how they tried to make it seem like they were being disrespectful and didnโ€™t clap when he came up in the title.

  • Morgasm172
    Morgasm172 29 days ago

    Do the colour of the robes mean different things

  • ur favorite human bean

    Why did they give him a bag of chips?

  • Jordan Stevens
    Jordan Stevens 29 days ago

    I'm not autistic but I'm hard of hearing and I'm still getting used to sounds even though I've had hearing aids for years. I understand being overstimulated by sounds. I'm still getting used to the sound of a car running, noises from the AC, thunderstorms, crowds etc. Having social anxiety doesn't help it either.

  • Yeee Boi
    Yeee Boi 29 days ago

    Wtf is so special like I have aspergers and I got my diploma and no news crew showed up, or reported on it, are they that desperate for a story

  • Vito Torre
    Vito Torre 29 days ago

    Liberals love Autistic children and donโ€™t care about other kids with special needs or with anxiety or OCD because if they did appreciate the rest of us special needs then I would have gotten senior awards for academic achievement because I am smarter then most of these fucken kids.

  • Six Upsidedownsix
    Six Upsidedownsix 29 days ago

    They were waiting for the autistic screeching

  • Shiba Baseball
    Shiba Baseball 29 days ago

    This is amazing. There are still good people in this world

  • Richie Rich
    Richie Rich 29 days ago

    If he can get a diploma no one should ever have excuses

  • Ultralagger R.E.V
    Ultralagger R.E.V 29 days ago

    I am also Autistic and sensitive to loud noises. I honor this fellow student from graduating and making the professor give a moment of silence for him!
    When I get my graduation in some weeks, Honestly I will be able to KINDA tolerate the noises

  • Zack Ary
    Zack Ary 29 days ago

    Poor man yet so proud of him.

  • Estafon Mcphee
    Estafon Mcphee 29 days ago +2

    If this was at my school those stupid children would've still clapped

  • Kira A
    Kira A 29 days ago

    Hi. Autistic person here. This is a lovely thing to see. Just a gentle reminder though to please use identity first language unless otherwise requested by the autistic individual/s being spoken about.
    If you'd like to understand why, especially if you've been taught by people who are Allistic but still somehow think they are allowed to decide what language gets used to talk about us, then please engage politely with the Autistic Community and ask US how we want to be spoken about and interacted with, not Allistic (ie: not autistic) people.
    Autism is not a bag I carry around with me. I AM autistic. Using person-first language for Autistic people implies that 'autistic' and 'person' are somehow mutually exclusive, and that's so last decade.
    Also, Autism Speaks(the people who tend to advocate the most for 'person first' language as though it means a thing when combined with their hateful ignorant bullshit) is seen by the majority of the Autistic Community as a hate group. Plenty of us have written lengthy explanations as to why if you want to know more. Please do not endorse them, donate to them, or listen to any of their teachings. Listen to us, actual autistic people who are actually speaking.
    Thank you.

  • J13 Dela
    J13 Dela 29 days ago

    This is the type of people we need in the world

  • Dylan Klebold
    Dylan Klebold 29 days ago

    *Trying it avoid Spoliers Like*

  • hams khrais
    hams khrais 29 days ago

    Lol trust me I was gonna be that one kids who will clap my butts out like pak pak pak

  • Joseph Galligar
    Joseph Galligar 29 days ago

    Thatโ€™s crazy. Just think... he clearly had to leave his house every single day with traffic noises, construction work going on, loud ppl outside just to get to school then even walk the halls with many many loud kids. He knew there was always a chance of getting severe migraines and being uncomfortable but he took the chance just to go to school and learn.

  • Matthew Gale
    Matthew Gale 29 days ago

    The boy should of give sour patch kids to the kids for helping him ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Brandon B.
    Brandon B. 29 days ago

    Heโ€™s a real party pooper

  • Victor A Gomez
    Victor A Gomez Month ago

    Congrats to everyone and thank you for respecting this great student like the rest of y'all.

  • Mr man
    Mr man Month ago

    He didnt knew how to buy a Earplug at Alibaba or Taobao china..? Sad

    SZ AMNESTY Month ago

    Was that candy he given him

  • Anthony1life2live e

    Thats deep

  • Emily Lieu
    Emily Lieu Month ago

    At first I was confused why he said to not clap because I wouldโ€™ve been like thatโ€™s rude but seeing the title I see why awe thatโ€™s so swet๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ™

  • John Wayne
    John Wayne Month ago

    We need to do like they did in the old days if the kid is retarded of something wrong with them just throw them off A cliff and get rid of em instead of treating em like they're special

  • Jaegar Ultima
    Jaegar Ultima Month ago

    Thank god I never got my diploma. Its worthless anyway.

  • Mohit Gadre
    Mohit Gadre Month ago

    The softest claps are the ones heard around the world ๐ŸŒŽ

  • Inksterboy
    Inksterboy Month ago

    Poor guy...I hope he will meet someone

  • superjare23
    superjare23 Month ago +3

    I came here thinking they didn't approve of him getting the diploma.

  • Peter D
    Peter D Month ago

    Thatโ€™s just terribly awkward

  • Brauna Richmond
    Brauna Richmond Month ago

    I cried like a big BABY watching this 10 times. I have a severe autistic grandson. When they were waving their hands.....Jaydan does that. I appreciate this video so very muchโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  • Arvils Zeipins
    Arvils Zeipins Month ago

    The best how to show - this fakin paper is useless.

  • Meme Meme
    Meme Meme Month ago


  • If it ainโ€™t XO then it gotta go

    These are the type of things that give me hope for this fucked up world

  • Austin Richards
    Austin Richards Month ago

    Kindness goes a long way

  • Rk0788 k
    Rk0788 k Month ago

    This is how I get when I hear to much bullshit from Democrats.

  • Unknown Awakening
    Unknown Awakening Month ago

    Not a sound except my tears

  • MooMooDaBest420_69
    MooMooDaBest420_69 Month ago

    The title makes it seem like the audience was mean

  • Niggie Biggie
    Niggie Biggie Month ago


  • Everton FC
    Everton FC Month ago

    Pause at 1.00

  • Justin Ward
    Justin Ward Month ago

    This really hits home for me, my son has autism and is my world. I am in fear everyday what this world has in store for him. The kindness and compassion shown here is unbelievable and I can only hope my little boy receives similar treatment from this world. It's a scary world out there and sometimes ppl can be so cruel but others can be so amazing. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart to everyone of these ppl for being so caring to his needs.

  • Seeking Truth
    Seeking Truth Month ago

    God bless you Jack. I love you. We all love you.

  • l l
    l l Month ago

    The students are so thoughtful and kind๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ