Stalled subway commuters throw impromptu ceremony for student who was missing his graduation

The feeling of walking across the stage at college graduation is a mix of excitement, relief, and vindication. The same could be said for finally getting out of a crowded subwaycar after being stranded underground for hours.

And even though nursing student Jerich Marco Alcantara only experienced the latter of the two situations while on his way to the former, he was still able to symbolically celebrate with the help of the commuters stuck with him.

A viral Facebook video of the recent Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing grad shows him receiving an impromptu graduation ceremony afterbeing stuck for two hours on aNew York City train. The delay subsequently made him miss his own ceremony at Radio City Music Hall, the Cut reported.

According to Alcantara and his girlfriend, Layla Batenga, they had left for the ceremony two hours prior to the beginning of commencementwhich, in New York, is plenty of time to get across severalboroughs to Manhattan. But as all New York commuters know, merciless train delays are liable to strike at random, for even hours at a time.

Posted by Mica Batenga on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

In the video, Alcantara stands in the center of the train in his purple and yellow regalia,as someonequeues up Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” A friend then presents him with his diploma (on a phone screen) and shakes his hand, while few other people record in the background.

He then goes hugging friends and strangers around him, but not before offering to share this momentous “time of his life” with the stalled car’s passengers.

“If you want a copy of my diploma, turn on your Airdrop, hesays.

Watch the full video below:

Poor kid missed his graduation because of the train delay this morning….so we threw him a graduation on the train.

Posted by Nadiya Afzal on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

H/T the Cut

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