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People Can't Stop Laughing At This College Student Getting Hit With A Graduation Cap

Real life sucks.

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Richards told BuzzFeed News that she is originally from Missouri City, Texas, and graduated with a degree in African and African Diaspora Studies.

She is headed to Columbia University to study sociology and education, with the goal of working in education reform.

On Saturday, UT had its annual "grand finale" to its graduation, which includes a fireworks display. The display is put on from the Tower, a campus landmark.


Richards and her friends attended the event, and Richards filmed the grand moment. But it didn't exactly go as planned.

UT had to serve me one last L before I left.

"The cap ended up coming straight at me and my friend," Richards said. "She saw it coming and dodged. I didn't, and ended up getting hit in the face."


"Because out of all 9,000 graduates out there, of course I would be the one that got hit in the face and caught it on camera," she said.

Richards added that once she pulled herself together, she kept recording the fireworks.

Richards decided to post the video on Twitter and people loved it, retweeting it more than 15,000 times. People said the video was hilarious.

@meagnacarta First, CONGRATULATIONS. Second, I can't stop watching or laughing πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

And that it was the perfect metaphor for entering the real world.

When you graduate, but that first loan Bill come through

"I knew the video made me and my friends laugh, but I never expected it to make this many people laugh," she said.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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