The 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony for the American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) took place on Friday, June 12, 2020. Though this momentous event is typically held live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ, this year’s enthusiastic graduates were joined virtually by distinguished AUA faculty, a host of AUA staff members, and countless proud family and friends. 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 Swaiman Singh who is the current cardiology fellow at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, and our President and Founder Neal Simon JD, who was named Ambassador-at-Large for Antigua and Barbuda in 2015. The ceremony also included the Keynote speaker, Professor of Surgery and College of Medicine Provost, Dr. Seymour Schwartz. Dr. Schwartz is probably best known for his textbook, Principles of Surgery, which is considered by many to be the definitive textbook on the practice of surgery and is used in almost every US medical school. In addition, Dr. Schwartz has authored nearly a dozen other textbooks that are used in medical schools across the United States. His 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 AUA medical education and an ever-expanding network of accomplished alumni and affiliates, we are confident that our 2020 graduates are destined for greatness, and give them all our most sincere congratulations!