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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  • David Mozingo
    David Mozingo 13 hours ago

    I'm a 21 year old autistic male and I can understand what his diagnosis was. This graduation video was the BEST I've seen. Everyone respected, did Jazz hands instead of clapping (great thing), and they gave him sour patch kids! To be honest, he earned those for graduating.
    Congrats, Jack! (Recommended Video in January 2020)

  • Roman Soiko
    Roman Soiko 25 days ago

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  • #OldHerefordBase
    #OldHerefordBase Month ago

    I live in my Carmel. Wowza

  • Man Dingo
    Man Dingo 2 months ago

    Perhaps you want to consider giving a noise cancelling ear thingy if he really hates noise that much. That's what I would give to him.

  • Brian Kessler
    Brian Kessler 3 months ago

    We graduated in alphabetical order at my school. Unbeknownst to me for most of my four years of high school, there was another student that shared my name, Brian Kessler. Therefore, we were assigned to sit next to each other. The other Brian had severe Down Syndrome, was nonverbal, and couldn't function without prompting.
    I had a lot of stress that night. My father did not come, because he was on suicide watch in a mental hospital. My grandmother and great aunt flew in from Puerto Rico. The principal literally yelled at me for wearing jeans and a Kramer-from-Seinfeld-style shirt underneath my robe, and almost didn't let me graduate.
    This kid behind us kept jabbing the other Brian in the back, and making mocking sounds. Jeering, grunting, just low enough to not be heard by faculty or family in the audience. I hated school, I hated being bullied for four years, I hated just having been bullied by the principal on my last night in that stupid school, and I was on the verge of losing it.
    I turned around in my seat, glared at the bully, and said "If you don't knock it off, then I am going to stand up right now and yell at you in front of everyone. The both of us will get kicked out. But when I leave, my family will understand why I did it, and have no problem. Will yours?"
    A concerned girl next to him said "You better stop. I think he's serious." The bully never bothered the other Brian after that.
    17 years later I ended up working in the same place as the "bully." I wouldn't necessarily call him a bully now, because people are capable of growing up in 17 years time. We don't work around each other that often, and when we do, we don't say much to each other. But I always remember that graduation night.

  • Jada Courtney
    Jada Courtney 4 months ago +1

    Awkward but yet very nice and respectful

  • Holly Eversmeyer
    Holly Eversmeyer 4 months ago

    That was actually sweet of him so it wouldn't bother him

  • Johnathon jagodzinski
    Johnathon jagodzinski 4 months ago

    Isn’t that the kid who was on doctor Phil for killing his mother?

  • Megan Putsch
    Megan Putsch 4 months ago

    I’m not crying.... YOU’RE CRYING.

  • Marcos Gonzalez
    Marcos Gonzalez 4 months ago

    He didn't say none about a blow horn

  • my neck my back my asthma attack

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

  • Justin Carawan
    Justin Carawan 5 months ago +1

    Respect! All the way around... respect.

  • tryu
    tryu 5 months 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 5 months ago

    Thank you

  • Ballistic Badger
    Ballistic Badger 5 months 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 😐😑😒....

  • Michael Smith
    Michael Smith 5 months ago


  • Snoo Seal
    Snoo Seal 5 months ago

    Take that you 4chan dipshits

  • Ami J
    Ami J 5 months ago

    How kind is this I just love how he was respected wow 😍

  • Spookiest Shibe
    Spookiest Shibe 5 months ago

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

  • James Quinn
    James Quinn 5 months 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 6 months ago +1

    I saw the title and got mad.

    Then I realized how sweet this was 🥺

  • EdgyMonster
    EdgyMonster 6 months ago


  • when you can bust a myth but not a nut

    autistic lul

  • risa
    risa 6 months 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 6 months ago

    📳🔇📞🔇📟🔇📠🔇📢📳 watching this video with no volume or sound 😁

  • lucy loo
    lucy loo 6 months ago

    Dang, I didn't get a bag of candy for graduation 😟

  • Exxelenen Setijadi
    Exxelenen Setijadi 6 months ago

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

  • SNKRhead Games
    SNKRhead Games 6 months ago

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

  • Diory N
    Diory N 6 months ago +1

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

  • dirrDtv
    dirrDtv 6 months 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.

  • Keturunan Rotschild
    Keturunan Rotschild 6 months ago

    highschool has diploma degree?

  • Luis angel The coldness

    It serves you right, ruthless bullies

  • Deijah Mcknight
    Deijah Mcknight 6 months ago

    Beautiful moment😍😍

  • Byron JONES
    Byron JONES 6 months ago

    Some times America impresses me sometimes .....

  • Carlos Martinez
    Carlos Martinez 6 months 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 俺振ビ

    Imagine getting a phone call during this moment

  • think outloud
    think outloud 6 months ago

    After reading the comments I was just listening for the fart....Shout out to Jack🎓

  • ShenMunk
    ShenMunk 6 months ago

    Plz explain to me what is sour patch kids?

  • ShenMunk
    ShenMunk 6 months 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 6 months ago +1

    If You Fart They Will Hear You!

  • Renate van der poel
    Renate van der poel 6 months ago +1

    Omg I just feel a lot better about this world. I feel proud knowing that there are people this nice😁.

  • Kristina Lampkin
    Kristina Lampkin 6 months ago

    Awe that’s so sweet. I can’t wait until my nephew graduates.

  • King Captivate
    King Captivate 6 months ago

    I like how they tried to make it seem like they were being disrespectful and didn’t clap when he came up in the title.

  • ur favorite human bean
    ur favorite human bean 6 months ago

    Why did they give him a bag of chips?

  • Jordan Stevens
    Jordan Stevens 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago

    Liberals love Autistic children and don’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.

  • Ninja Isn't Hyper
    Ninja Isn't Hyper 6 months ago

    They were waiting for the autistic screeching

  • R3ST UP 999
    R3ST UP 999 6 months ago

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

  • Richie Rich
    Richie Rich 6 months ago

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

  • Ultralagger R.E.V
    Ultralagger R.E.V 6 months 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 6 months ago

    Poor man yet so proud of him.

  • Estafon Mcphee
    Estafon Mcphee 6 months ago +2

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

  • Kira A
    Kira A 6 months 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 6 months ago

    This is the type of people we need in the world

  • Dylan Klebold
    Dylan Klebold 6 months ago

    *Trying it avoid Spoliers Like*

  • hams khrais
    hams khrais 6 months ago

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

  • J G
    J G 6 months ago

    That’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 6 months ago

    The boy should of give sour patch kids to the kids for helping him 😊

  • Brandon B.
    Brandon B. 6 months ago

    He’s a real party pooper