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26th Jul 2022

Watch: Graduation ceremony erupts after student dances onto stage and jumps into the splits

Jack Peat

Rosalba Mensah graduated with a 2:1 from London College of Fashion 

This student’s graduation entrance sent the audience wild as she danced across the stage – before dropping down into the splits.

Rosalba Mensah, 28, graduated with a 2:1 in MA Costume Design for Performance at the London College of Fashion (LCF) and wanted to “celebrate in style”.

The video, taken at the Royal Festival Hall by the University of the Arts London and posted on TikTok, has since been seen by nearly 500,000 people online.

“When I graduated from my BA, I danced for about a second, but I thought I could have done something more,” said Rosalba.

“So this time for my Master’s, I just went for it and did the splits!”

Rosalba didn’t practise the move beforehand and was “relieved” to have pulled it off.

She added: “Afterwards I realised I could have broken my dress! Fortunately that didn’t happen!”

Although Rosalba thought she might hear a few cheers from her family in the audience, she didn’t expect such a huge reaction from the crowd – or the internet.

She said: “The main thing in that moment going through my mind was trying to locate my Mum in the audience and see if she was getting it on camera!

“I woke up the next day to messages from my friends saying I’d gone viral on TikTok and I couldn’t believe it.”

Now that she’s graduated, Rosalba hopes to continue pursuing a career in fashion as a film costume designer.

Rosalba added: “I’m actually the first one to get two degrees in my family.

“It’s a great feeling and I can’t wait to start working – maybe even have my own exhibition one day where people can see my costumes.”

This video was filmed on 14 July.