July 5, 2021
by Temple University
Empowered by his eagerness to embrace any experience and his willingness to break some unwritten rules, Jacob Dockery, DEN ’21, refused to let his graduation from the Kornberg School of Dentistry be anything typical. Once his name was called, his pulse began pounding with each careful step in his high-heeled shoes. His wig threatened to tangle in the warm summer air and his flawless makeup refused to be sweated off as Dockery’s drag persona, Ruth Canal, came into the public eye for the first time, to walk across the graduation stage.
With encouragement from his peers and a hint of a devil-may-care attitude, Dockery created a TikTok account and uploaded the now viral video from his graduation. He ignored social media overnight and the next day, dozens of people reached out to him about strangers sharing the video, which has been viewed more than 2 million times.
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