Law Student Decides To Dress Up As Spiderman To Collect Diploma And Massively Splits Opinions

Law Student Decides To Dress Up As Spiderman To Collect Diploma And Massively Splits Opinions

Law Student Decides To Dress Up As Spiderman To Collect Diploma And Massively Splits Opinions

Graduating from university can be one of the best moments of your entire life. All that hard work, all those sleepless nights spent in the library (and an odd few spent consuming alcohol too…) are all worth it when you’re finally rewarded with a qualification that could set you on your path to future career success.

So, when it comes to graduation ceremonies, they’re pretty freakin’ happy affairs all round right? …if not slightly dull.

You’ve got the usual stuff- the long drawn out speeches, the waiting for what feels like an eternity for your name to be read out and then those 5 seconds of sheer panic when you walk up on stage and try not to embarrass yourself by tripping over your gown.

Then there’s the outfits, everyone gets dressed up super smart in posh dresses and suits and you feature in pictures that’ll be hung up in your parents hallways for the rest of time. Unless, you decide to dress up as Spiderman that is…

Hiram Yahir Salas Romero, a 22-year-old Mexican student from the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez, chose to do just that.

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The young man is a law graduate too, which is more or less universally seen as a professional and serious career path. I mean how often do you see a lawyer dressed up as a Marvel superhero whilst defending an assault victim in court?

But, nevertheless, he went for it and I’m pretty freakin’ glad he did… because it makes for hilarious viewing.

Why though?” you might be asking. Well, Romero thought he’d liven up what is usually considered a pretty tedious event and in my book that’s reason enough! But there’s more to it than that.

So, despite there being a strict dress code put in place by the university that stated only formal suits and ties only, he snuck out mid-ceremony to spice up his appearance somewhat.

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But, you might be wondering, what did everyone else think of the stunt? After all, it’s supposed to be a celebration of educational excellence, not some sort of joke.

Well, there were what you could call mixed reviews.

Romero said there were people who voiced their disapproval through booing as he walked up to receive his diploma. What’s more is afterwards, the master of ceremonies reminded the audience of the ‘solemnity’ of the event. Fair point.


None of the authorities said anything. They just looked at me unhappily. I don’t remember if the Rector said anything, but I think I got a smile out of him.

It seems the strange decision to don the web-slinger’s outfit was inspired by his mother as he proudly held a sign that said “For the love of my life, my mother.” N’awww.


You might be thinking he just means his diploma. But he states that not only was his supportive mother his rock during his years spent studying, she also bought the costume for him too.

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So, there you have it.

I can’t say i’d do the same thing had I been in his situation but, there is some logical thinking behind it.

Romero explained that Spider-Man is his hero and inspiration because he is a “human with problems but also with the desire to help people with his special powers and intellect.

It’s certainly a controversial way to celebrate and that controversy caused a rift in opinions between other attendees.

One thing’s for sure though, it certainly took some cajones to go through with it!

What do you make of Romero’s decision?

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