Anyone who has ever ridden the New York City subway knows that it is not always the most reliable when it comes to on-time performance. A college student learned that the hard way this week when he missed his graduation because of extensive delays. Fortunately, his fellow straphangers were quick to turn the unfortunate incident into a memorable one—holding an impromptu ceremony for the young man and his family right onboard the crowded train.
As People reported, nursing school student Jerich Marco Alcantara was traveling from Queens with friends and family to his graduation at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing in Manhattan when a service disruption on the E train left them stranded.
In a video posted by fellow commuter, Nadiya Afzal, Alcantara can be seen participating in a mock ceremony with his friends before greeting those around him on the train. All the while, Green Day’s sentimental “Time of Your Life” plays in the background.
“Everyone was getting antsy and frustrated, so I figured I’d lighten the mood by thanking everyone for coming,” Alcantara said in an interview with People.
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
“I took the video because I felt it was so unfair he was missing his graduation,” Afzal told People. “It was good to see something nice happened out of that horrific commute.”
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