Stalled Subway Riders Give NY Student Impromptu Graduation Ceremony

Stuck subway prompts NYC grad to hold underground ceremony

When Jerich Marco Alcantara's excited friends and relatives piled into a New York City subway auto on Tuesday, they were hoping to travel from their home in Queens, New York, to Alcantara's graduation from Hunter College on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. "I addressed the whole train vehicle, thanking them for coming to my graduation". Jeirch was graduating from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing.

"I was on track to be at my commencement at 9:15 a.m., but the delays altogether ended up taking nearly three hours", Alcantara told New York Magazine.

A NY student decked out in his cap and gown had his graduation day almost wrecked by a delayed subway train. They threw him a graduation party inside the train itself!

"So I missed the commencement, but after the auditorium cleared out, my close friends threw me my own little graduation", Alcantara told New York Magazine.

By the time Alcantara and his family finally made it to the venue the ceremony was long over.

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He didn't. But he was wearing his cap and gown, and strangers stepped up to make sure he got his special moment. Finally, his friend played a graduation song and the whole subway vehicle got in on the act.

Meanwhile, back at the real graduation ceremony, Alcantara's friends were wondering where he was.

"I think it ended up so much better than if I was on time", Alcantara said.

The president of Hunter College told the news station that she looks forward to personally handing Alcantara his diploma. Another rider, Nadiya Afzal, videotaped the ceremony and posted it to Facebook, where it immediately went viral. Now, Alcantara, who studied nursing, will study for his nursing board exams to become a fully fledged registered nurse.

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