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Kindhearted Subway Strangers Hold Graduation Ceremony for Student Stranded on Train

Leave it to New Yorkers to turn a commute from hell into a joyous occasion. Just last week Jerich Marco Alcantara found himself on a subway train that was stuck in Queens. Such an occurrence would be annoying on any day, but since Alcantara was on the way to his graduation from Hunter College in Manhattan, it was a potentially heartbreaking situation.

Scary Mommy reports:

Alcantara told ABC the train was delayed for about 90 minutes in Queens before, when it couldn’t be fixed, rescue trains were sent to pick up the stuck passengers. The rescue trains took another half hour to arrive, and then they got delayed at the next station because of signal problems.

“Everyone seemed annoyed, and by that time, my commencement was already about an hour in,” Alcantara said. “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.”

Once Alcantara thanked the disgruntled strangers for coming to his graduation, everyone joined in on the fun. One person played Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” and the New Yorkers proceeded to throw the graduate a ceremony.

His friend made him a diploma on an iPhone, which was Airdropped to the other passengers in the car. They laughed, cheered and “awwed” while he posed for photos in his cap and gown. It was a truly great moment.

Watch the video below: