2018 Commencement Ceremony
The 2018 Commencement Ceremony for the American University of Antigua was held at the prestigious New Jersey Performing Arts Center on May 31st, and with over 200 excited graduates, 25 distinguished dignitaries, a host of helpful AUA staff, and countless proud family and friends in attendance, it was a magnificent celebration of achievement.
There were also a number of past or present esteemed 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 Dr. Eddie L. Copelin II, a former Marine who received National Defense Service, Navy, and USMC Achievement medals, and our President and Founder Neal Simon JD, who was named Ambassador-at-Large for Antigua and Barbuda in 2015. The Commencement came to a close with our Keynote speaker, recently re-elected New Jersey Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr., who holds the honorable position of ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security panel’s Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications Subcommittee. His inspirational 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 2018 graduates are destined for greatness, and give them all our most sincere congratulations!