‘Celebrate it’: UC Irvine student and bus driver goes viral with graduation celebration

For the past three years, Jaylen Davis has been trying to find the right balance between school and work, driving buses for the Antieter Express at the University of California Irvine, while simultaneously working on a degree in urban studies and a minor in social Huh. Ecology.

“It was great. You get to see your fellow classmates… Being able to get exposure to a successfully running transportation system, it was a no-brainer for me,” Davis said.

Before walking the stage in June, the 21-year-old South L.A. resident wanted to celebrate her big achievement, so she grabbed her photographer friend Zim and went the extra mile.

With the school’s permission, Davis grabbed his hat and sash, posing on top of the UC Irvine bus while sitting in the driver’s seat.

before he knew it, video went viral on tiktok,

“In the coming days, it will be seen hundreds of thousands of times, many likes, comments. I think it has 15 million views on Instagram now.”

Jaylen’s mother Lisa Davis is overjoyed with the response.

“Tyres Gibson posted it on his page. I was like, oh my god, this is… I mean, I love it. I love it though,” she said.

Lisa Davis said Jaylen didn’t have to work at the UCI, but it’s her son who’s inspired.

“Once he has a mind set that he’s going to do something, he’s going to go through with it all the way, and that’s what I love about my son,” she said.

Jaylen said it’s important to be proud of one’s achievements.

“Keep striving for greatness, and when you do, celebrate it. Don’t let it become a small task. If you have a goal and you really achieve that goal, celebrate it,” he Told.

So what’s next for Jaylen Davis? The soon-to-be grad said he’s working on his Class A license to drive commercial vehicles, but his ultimate goal is to improve the LA public transportation system and electric fleet of buses.

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