The only difference? Alcantara was unable to make the actual ceremony due to massive train delays.
Video shot Tuesday on the E train during all of the delays showed Jerich Alcantara, who was set to graduate from the Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing.
With some friends and family aboard the train - as well as a number of stranded passengers - the group fashioned a makeshift graduation ceremony for Alcantara.
Alcantara even thanked them for coming to celebrate with him.
With the train watching and applauding, Alcantra played Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)", which he planned to walk to, and accepted a "diploma" written on a friend's phone.
Miss Afzal, stranger turned inadvertent graduation videographer, said she had "witnessed a lot of things on the trains, but this was a very special moment".More news: Tesla releases the very first Model Y teaser
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"I was on track to be at my commencement at 9:15 a.m., but the delays altogether ended up taking nearly three hours", Jerich explained to Select All about the impromptu ceremony.
Because he missed such an important event, however, his fellow stranded New Yorkers hosted a makeshift graduation ceremony on the crowded subway vehicle.
Jerich Alcantara with classmates from Hunter College in New York City.
The graduating senior, dressed in full cap and gown, knew after 45 minutes that he would be late to the ceremony.
He put in the hard work and earned his degree - but for recent grad Jerich Marco Alcantara, attending his formal graduation ceremony was just not to be.
"We got my buddy to hand me the diploma that he drew up on his phone and he handed it to me shook my hand like he was the dean, it was great", Alcantara said.