Who needs all that pomp and circumstance when you’ve got the New York City subway.
A Hunter College graduate missed out on his commencement ceremony because he was stuck on a severely delayed E train, so his fellow straphangers banded together and helped him celebrate on the subway.
“I was on track to be at my commencement at 9:15 a.m., but the delays altogether ended up taking almost three hours,” Jerich Marco Alcantara, who was graduating from the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, told New York Magazine.
“After 45 minutes, I knew I was already late, but I kept hoping that I’d at least make it to walking the stage.”
But as the minutes ticked by and that hope began to fade, one of Alcantara’s pals sprung into action, presenting him with a “diploma” scribbled on his cellphone as another rider played the Green Day song “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).”
A video posted on social media shows Alcantara in his cap and gown as a crowd watches the impromptu ceremony.
“Poor kid missed his graduation because of the train delay this morning . . . so we threw him a graduation on the train,” Facebook user Nadiya Afzal wrote.
At one point, Alcantara gave hugs to several straphangers. He said the subway ceremony was totally spontaneous.
“I decided I’d just thank everyone for being there for my graduation, that it meant a whole lot to me,” he told NY1.
When the grad and his friends finally got off the train, they rushed to Hunter College’s Brookdale campus — only to discover the ceremony was over.
“My close friends threw me my own little graduation,” he told the magazine. “It was a great time.”
And he even got a shoutout on Twitter from Hunter College: