College Student Holds Graduation Ceremony On The Subway After Train Stalls

College Student Holds Graduation Ceremony On The Subway After Train Stalls

The only difference? Alcantara was unable to make the actual ceremony due to massive train delays.

When a young New Yorker missed his Hunter College graduation Tuesday because of subway problems, a few resourceful straphangers stepped in with a makeshift ceremony. But instead of accepting his diploma onstage, his friends and other passengers threw him a "subway graduation".

"I figured I'd lighten the mood by thanking everyone for coming out", he told New York Magazine.

A friend presented Jerich with a "diploma" on a cell phone while someone else blasted Green Day's iconic graduation song "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)".

"I took the video because I felt it was so unfair he was missing his graduation", onlooker Nadiya Afzal shared with PEOPLE.

Altogether the train delay lasted almost three hours, Alcantara, who earned a nursing diploma from Hunter College, sees the silver living.




Alcantara told WABC the E train was delayed between stops in Queens after a malfunction that caused the emergency brakes to trigger.

But Jerich didn't bank on the kindness of strangers, who set to work giving him his very now graduation ceremony right there on the train. What should have been just 40 minutes ended up taking nearly four hours.

Alcantara, who was wearing his cap and gown, says he was upset at first.

After reaching their intended destination, Mr Alcantara ran to the graduation venue to see if they could still make the end - but they were out of luck, with the ceremony already finished.

What happened next is something that would only happen in NY.

Jerich added: "It was a great time".

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