Student holds graduation ceremony on underground carriage after train delays

Student holds graduation ceremony on underground carriage after train delays

Riders on a delayed subway train in NY joined in on a makeshift graduation ceremony for a college student who was late for his commencement. The only difference? Alcantara was unable to make the actual ceremony due to massive train delays. "He deserved it." As music played from a portable speaker, Alcantara's family watched his friend Bobby got in position to make it official, presenting Alcantara with a "diploma" on his cell phone.

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

In the video, Alcantara stands in the center of the train in his purple and yellow regalia, as someone queues up Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)".

Alcantara told WABC the E train was delayed between stops in Queens after a malfunction that caused the emergency brakes to trigger.

So it's no wonder this university graduate was disappointed when he found himself stuck on a delayed train while on the way to his graduation ceremony. His usual commute, however, took four hours longer than usual.

Because he missed such an important event, however, his fellow stranded New Yorkers hosted a makeshift graduation ceremony on the crowded subway auto.

Jerich Marco Alcantara was planning to arrive at his commencement 45 minutes early - but the subway had other plans.

Alcantara said his real diploma will be mailed to him.

So in true NY fashion, you make the most of what you've got, even if that means one of life's biggest moments has to go down on the E-train.

Fellow subway rider Nadiya Afzal captured the entire "ceremony" on her mobile phone.

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