Stuck subway prompts NYC grad to hold underground ceremony

Passengers stuck in a train at NY did something memorable for a student who, because of the delay, was missing his graduation - they threw an impromptu party for him.

"I announced to the whole train I said 'Hey guys, thanks for coming out today to see me walk and graduate, '" he recalled.

Jericho Marco Alcantara was on his way to Hunter College's Brookdale campus, eager to receive his degree from the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, when his E train stopped between stations in Queens, according to multiple reports.

Jericho told NY magazine: 'I was on track to be at my commencement at 9:15 a.m., but the delays altogether ended up taking nearly three hours.

But Jerich didn't bank on the kindness of strangers, who set to work giving him his very now graduation ceremony right there on the train.

A New York City nursing student didn't let a stalled train ruin his graduation day.

Meanwhile, back at the real graduation ceremony, Alcantara's friends were wondering where he was. Finally, his friend played a graduation song and the whole subway vehicle got in on the act.

So Alcantara and his best friend took matters into their own hands, and fellow passengers went along for the ride.

Alcantara had already donned his purple cap and gown, and together, they were ready to celebrate his being the first person in the family to graduate from college. Someone also blasted "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day and the passengers applauded and congratulated him.

"And they played some music for me there as well", he said.

Following the ceremony Alcantara offered the other riders the opportunity to download the certificate via the Airdrop feature on their phones.

  • Eleanor Harrison