A 22-year-old Hunter College student , Jerich Marco Alcantara, missed his commencement ceremony at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing all because his train was late. Apparently, his E train was delayed due to a malfunction that caused the emergency brakes to trigger.
The young man had decided not to attend the graduation ceremony at Radio City Music Hall later that same day because each student was only allowed to bring two people, and Alcantara wanted his entire family to be present. So instead he chose to attend the commencement which meant much more to him.
“I was on track to be at my commencement at 9:15 a.m., but the delays altogether ended up taking almost three hours. After 45 minutes, I knew I was already late, but I kept hoping that I’d at least make it to walking the stage.”
By now everyone on the train was getting frustrated due to the delay so in an attempt to lighten up the mood Alcantra thanked everyone for coming to his “graduation.” Then suddenly friends and some strangers jumped onto the act and gave him a special graduation ceremony on the train .While a video of the “ceremony” was being recorded by Nadiya Afzal, a friend, Bobby, handed over his “diploma” via a cell phone. Another person played “Time of Your Life” by Green Day as everyone else watched on.
The student and his companions eventually did get to the venue but when they saw others in gowns walking around the street, they knew the commencement was over. “So I missed the commencement, but after the auditorium cleared out, my close friends threw me my own little graduation,” Alcantara said.
So all in all, he got two ceremonies instead of one, really.
Interestingly, Alcantara doesn’t regret missing the ceremony one bit.
"I think it ended up so much better than if I was on time," he said. "I would have probably fell asleep if I was at commencement."
The video that has attracted a lot of attention on social media has also garnered many comments from internet users.
“How to love New York when it would be so easy to hate it. Best people in the world, you've seen it all,” one person wrote.
“This is a great representation of my city! NYC best city in the world !!!!!” another commented.
Check out the epic video above.