2019 Commencement Ceremony
The 2019 Commencement Ceremony for the American University of Antigua took place on June 7th at the esteemed New Jersey Performing Arts Center. There were just under 200 enthusiastic graduates, 20 distinguished dignitaries, a host of helpful AUA staff members, and countless proud family and friends in attendance, it was an incredibly uplifting celebration of achievement.
There were also many past and present AUA medical professionals that spoke at the ceremony. Among them were Dr. Robert Mallin, who received both the Teacher of the Year Trident/MUSC Family Residency Award, and the Golden Oyster Teaching Award, Alumni Swathi Krishna who is the current Chief Resident at Emory University, and our President and Founder Neal Simon JD, who was named Ambassador-at-Large for Antigua and Barbuda in 2015. The ceremony was closed with one of our most prestigious Keynote speakers to date, Hawaii Congresswoman and current United States Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard. By the age of just 21 Ms. Gabbard was a member of the Hawaii State Legislature, which she followed up with service as a major in the U.S. National Guard, service on the Foreign Affairs and Armed Services National Committees, and now has the distinction of being one of the first female combat veterans elected to Congress. Her uplifting speech sent our students off into the world with the necessary motivation to achieve all they’ve ever dreamed of and more. With their American University of Antigua medical education and an ever-expanding network of accomplished alumni and affiliates, we are confident that our 2019 graduates are destined for greatness, and give them all our most sincere congratulations!