Friday, 24 November, 2017

Stuck subway passengers throw impromptu graduation for student missing his ceremony

Stuck subway passengers throw impromptu graduation for student missing his ceremony Stuck subway passengers throw impromptu graduation for student missing his ceremony
Alfredo Watts | 02 June, 2017, 02:31

Instead of walking the stage at Hunter College with his classmates, Jerich Alcantara was stuck on a stalled E-train deep under the Queens borough.

But Alcantara ended up celebrating his graduation in a quintessentially NY way: on the subway, complete with music and his graduation robes.

Graduation day is the best day in a young student's life.

Sadly, Jerich did indeed miss his entire commencement ceremony at Hunter-Bellevue, although he was happy some of his friends and family members were on the subway with him during the whole ordeal.

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

"It wasn't so much an idea, but something that just happened", Alcantara said.

A NY student decked out in his cap and gown had his graduation day almost wrecked by a delayed subway train. No one has more reason to complain about train delays than Jerich Alcantara. What should have been just 40 minutes ended up taking nearly four hours. A group of total strangers chose to come together and throw him an impromptu ceremony.

His best friend had brought a speaker along to play music during the ceremony, so they chose to put on tunes associated with graduations, like "Good Riddance (Time of your Life)" by Green Day in honor of Alcantara's replacement ceremony.

The ceremony, filmed by fellow passengers and posted on social media, began when Alcantara-who was wearing his cap and gown-noticed how frustrated everyone seemed at the delay, which was caused by an emergency brake failure. He will then be studying for his board exams to become a practicing nurse. "It was a great time".