Cell Phones Saved This Graduation During Sudden Blackout

A class of resourceful high school seniors provided lighting for their own graduation by way of cellphones after a sudden power outage left them in a blackout.


The graduating seniors of Georgia’s Winder-Barrow High School had a ceremony to remember after a power outage forced them to cross the stage in the dark.

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Students and guests posted videos and photos on social media of the cell phone-lit graduation that looked and sounded more like an outdoor concert.

The program carried on as planned despite outage caused by a blown transformer, which surely made it one of the most memorable graduations in the school’s history.

The principal, Al Darby, made the decision to continue with the ceremony and alluded to the irony in the fact that cell phones — which are usually more of a nightmare for educators — are what saved the day.

"Our thought is, we're going to continue to call names," Darby reportedly said as the crowd erupted in cheers. "And I never thought I'd say this as the principal of Winder-Barrow High School, but thank goodness for cellphones."

According to some people in attendance, a bundle of Mylar balloons flew too close to the power line which triggered the outage.

Guess Beyonce isn’t the only one who can cause a blackout on a football field! 

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