06/12/2011 12:00 pm ET Updated Aug 13, 2011

23 Awesome Graduation Fails (VIDEOS)

In 2011, an estimated 3.1 million young adults will climb the precipitous bleacher steps to adulthood by graduating from high school. Unfortunately, that means there are at least 3.1 million opportunities for center-stage embarrassment as teachers, friends, and relatives look on in horror (or, in many cases, laughter).

Take floor-length gowns, pressure to impress, and auditoriums full of rolling camcorders, and you've got a recipe for some awesome graduation fails. Below we compiled 23 of the most epic commencement disasters the web has to offer. Have a graduation fail of your own that hasn't made its way to YouTube? Tell us about it in the comments.

Graduation FAILS