WATCH: TikTok video of fake smile at high school graduation ceremony


A “fake smile at high school graduation” video has gone viral. It shows a young Delaware woman named Mary MacMillan flashing a brief, fake smile as she receives her diploma. Her smile quickly turns into a pout, which some see as symbolic of how many people feel. You can watch the video later in this article.

Many people can identify with the emotions captured in the video. This is especially true for the generation of high school kids who had to grow up during a pandemic.


the moment i lived for #homechef #NotOneThing #quarantine #lol #ew #highechoolmusical

♬ Savage – Megan Thee Stallion

She captioned the video: “The moment I lived for #homechef #NotOneThing #quarantine #lol #ew #highechoolmusical.” The video was first shared in 2020; MacMillan is now a college student in Delaware. It went viral again in June 2021.

The video was posted on TikTok by Mary MacMillan, who goes by the handle @marymacmillan.

It shows her in a white dress walking forward to receive her diploma before making what looks like a forced smile for the cameras that quickly disappears. You can watch the TikTok video below. The lyrics “been that b****, still that b****” from Megan Thee Stallion’s song “Savage” run above the video.

Here’s what you need to know:


#greenscreen #fyp #neverfitin #bakingrecipe #natureathome #ilovecollege #quarentine #help #imissschool #bored corona

♬ Trumpet Sax – Tik Toker

MacMillan’s TikTok video has been viewed millions of times – more than 16.5 million times.

People have shared their obvious frustration in the comment thread. Here are some of the reactions:

“Did the man shaking your hand do something to you!”

“She really is my vibe.”

, “I literally thought you got kicked out of a wedding party and everyone is clapping because you left.”

“Melania Trump level.”

“How you can smile like that. I don’t even know how to smile properly.”

“The smile drop omg.”

“My mom has pictures of me doing that at my graduation.”

“Yo, if that’s not every single customer service rep, I don’t know what is. That smile is disappearing faster than our minds.”

“By the way, you are literally gorgeous.”

“The way her face changed.”

“This girl is my soul animal.”

“I love how she just changed her facial expression with so much talent. “I’m going to do the same thing when I graduate.”

MacMillan clearly wasn’t a fan of the quarantine. She captioned another video, “When your parents ask why you cry every day when you’re home and you want to go back to school so bad.”

She also posts videos of her wearing new boots, hanging out with her boyfriend and riding horses.

Her Instagram page says she’s in college. “University of Delaware Equestrian,” she wrote. The photos are private. On Facebook, she wrote that she is a student at the University of Delaware and is from Odessa, Delaware.

Why did people find the video so funny – or poignant? People also spoke up on Twitter. “Much of life is about faking it – social conventions often dictate that we smile with clenched teeth and hide our emotions to appease others,” one person said, explaining why the video resonated with people so much.

MacMillan has 51,000 followers on her TikTok page.


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