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Subway delays lead one college graduate to celebrate commencement on train

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It’s a tragedy, missing a major event because of a random subway delay. Jerich Alcantara, 22, was on the subway with his family. They were on the way to his college graduation when someone pulled the emergency brake. He was supposed to graduate with his class at Hunter-Bellevue College of Nursing on Tuesday. “At first I was worried we’d be late,” Alcantara told CNN. “But once it was obvious we’d be late I was hoping maybe we’d catch the end of it.” However Alcantara ended up celebrating his graduation in a very unique way: on the subway, complete with music and his graduation robes.

Alcantara and his family had left at 8 a.m. from their home in Jackson Heights to be on time for the 10 a.m. celebration in Manhattan. His train hadn’t even traveled to one stop before the emergency brake was pulled, causing the stopping of the train in the underground tunnel. It took nearly two hours for a rescue train to eventually arrive and to take riders to the next stop.”Everyone was really upset,” Alcantara said. But Alcantara wanted to look on the bright side.
“It was starting to get to me a little bit, but I wanted to be positive because it’s my graduation day,” he said.
Alcantara, dressed in his graduation robes, made an announcement to the car, thanking his fellow passengers for joining him for his graduation ceremony.”I told them I appreciated them all coming and that it meant so much that they were there,” Alcantara said. His best friend luckily had brought a speaker with them to play music during the ceremony. They decided to put on tunes associated with graduations, like “Good Riddance (Time of your Life)” by Green Day in honor of Alcantara’s replacement ceremony.
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Subway delays lead one college graduate to celebrate commencement on train