College student throws impromptu ceremony on NYC Subway
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 4:01
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.