Filipino-American Student Doesn't Let Stalled New York Subway Stop Him From Graduating

Hey, I'm graduatin' here!
IMAGE Nadiya Afzal

Avoid prolonged eye contact, don’t start conversations with strangers, stay out of fellow commuters’ personal space. These are just some of the rules New Yorkers follow to make their subway journeys easier.

Last week, NY commuters made a rare exception not only by acknowledging each other’s presence but also by throwing an impromptu graduation ceremony for Jerich Alcantara, a nursing student from Elmhurst, Queens. Stuck for 90 minutes on the E train into the city, the young Filipino American missed his graduation ceremony at Hunter College, but his family and friends wouldn’t let that stop them from celebrating the 22-year-old’s big day.

Captured by a fellow straphanger in a Facebook video which has since gone viral, you can see the soon-to-be-graduate taking things in stride as any New Yorker used to subway delays would.

Luckily, he was able to properly graduate the following week, as his university organized another commencement ceremony just for him, and even sent a car to his home to make sure he wouldn’t get stuck on the train again. The NY Daily News reported that his school even awarded him a small continuing education scholarship to support his nursing exams preparation.

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