Strangers hold graduation ceremony for college student who got stuck on subway

NEW YORK -- When Hunter College student Jerich Alcantara got stuck on the subway and missed his own graduation, commuters came together to give him one on the train.

The video of the subway graduation ceremony has been shared more than 13,000 times with well over 1 million views.

It happened Tuesday as Alcantara was on his way to Hunter College for his graduation.

Alcantara's family and his friend Bobby Rahman were with him for the ride from Elmhurst.

They thought they had plenty of time, but the E train had other plans when it lurched to a stop.

"We were stuck on the first train for about an hour and a half or two hours, but a rescue train came and got us and then that one got delayed as well," Alcantara said.

In an effort to lighten the mood, Alcantara said he yelled out, "Thanks for coming to my graduation everybody. I appreciate you all for coming out."

Rahman mocked up a diploma on his phone, cued up some music and the rest was history.

"This is a graduation. We need Green Day in here," Rahman said. "And that's when the graduation ceremony happened."

Alcantara said he has no animosity over this subway delay and actually is thanking the MTA for his 15 minutes of fame.