College student throws impromptu ceremony on NYC Subway

When the nursing student noticed that the other passengers were looking surly due to the delay, he "thanked them for coming out" in a joking manner.

It all happened Tuesday as Jerich was on his way to Hunter College for his graduation.

Jerich Marco Alcantara and his family were taking the E train to Hunter College's Brookdale on Tuesday morning when the auto came to a halt. "It was a great time". Alcantara said his E train was delayed in between stations in Queens because there was apparently a malfunction that caused the emergency brakes to trigger. Decked out in his full graduate regalia, his fellow passengers banded together to give him an impromptu version of a ceremony against the unfortunate odds. Though Alcantara was set to arrive at 9:15AM, the train continued to languish for another three hours without moving.

'Everyone seemed annoyed and, by that time, my commencement was already about an hour in, ' he said.

Instead of walking up the isle to pick up his diploma, a nursing student held his own graduation ceremony with fellow riders on a stalled subway train. From there, the ceremony commenced, complete with handshakes, hugs, applause, someone playing Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" on their phone, and even a "diploma", of which ABC 7 has a photo.

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.

  • Zachary Reyes