Talk about an alternative graduation ceremony, and this is it! Plans don’t always go according to schedule, as we all know. It can be a little maddening when an important event in your life is blocked by unforeseen circumstances.
Jerich Marco Alcantara never expected that he would experience setbacks on the day of his graduation. But as Murphy’s Law would have it, this 22-year-old who was ton his way to the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing for his graduation ceremony had to miss this “great day in his life” due to a train delay.
The E-train stalled between stations in Queens because of a glitch that caused the emergency brakes to trigger. All the passengers were delayed for two hours, and so it dawned on Alcantara and his group that they were going to miss out on his graduation. However, he was in great company and that made all the difference!
Jerich Marco Alcantara was held up due to a train delay and had to miss his college graduation
Alcantara told Eyewitness News: “Everyone seemed annoyed, and by that time, my commencement was already about an hour in. So I felt like lightening the mood and thanked everyone for ‘coming to my graduation.’ Told them it meant a lot to me, and they applauded it.”
But his family, friends, and co-passengers had a brilliant idea. They decided to hold the ceremony for Alcantara there and then, on the train. Nadiya Afzal, did the honors of capturing the entire, unusually beautiful and precious event in this young man’s life on a video.
“I’ve witnessed a lot of things on the trains, but this was a very special moment. It was just a nice moment, to see we all came together for him. He deserved it,” she later told Eyewitness News.
His family, friends, and co-passengers made it special by celebrating his graduation on the train
Alcantara managed to pull out a “graduation song” from a portable speaker. His friend Bobby scribbled “diploma” on his mobile phone, and presented it to his amused and happy friend. All present on the train joined in the celebration and applauded enthusiastically.
“He handed me his iPhone with the diploma on it, shook hands and everything as if he was a Dean,” Alcantara said. “I think it ended up so much better than if I was on time. I would have probably fallen asleep if I was at commencement.”