Celebrating our graduates as newly minted physicians

AUC looks forward to celebrating our 2018 graduating physicians on achieving their MD degree. This year, Commencement will be held in Miami, Florida at the University of Miami's Watsco Center. This venue will bring together all 2018 graduates for one ceremony and will provide ample space for guests.

Graduates are encouraged to read the following information carefully as there are several deadlines related to Commencement. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact


2018 Commencement Details


Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:00PM EST
University of Miami Watsco Center

1245 Dauer Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

*The deadline to RSVP for the 2018 AUC Commencement was March 25, 2018

**All August/October/December 2017 and February/April/May/June 2018 graduates are invited to participate in the graduation ceremony held on Saturday, May 19, 2018

June grads please note: You must graduate by June 1, 2018 in order to participate in the ceremony on May 19, 2018.  If you rotate past the June 1st grad date you will roll over to graduation on August 2018 and will be invited to the graduation ceremony in 2019.

The May 19, 2018 date is ONLY for the ceremony, it is not an actual graduation date.  Your official graduation date is the “Expected Grad Date” listed on your student summary.  All diplomas are MAILED to the graduate once they are cleared.  

  • Livestream Details

    AUC will be broadcasting the Commencement ceremony on YouTube and Facebook Live. If you have friends or family who would like to watch from afar, please tell them to visit our YouTube or Facebook page beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 19. The live feed will automatically show up at that time. Videos will be archived on both channels for later viewing. 

  • Pre-Ceremony Reception

    On Friday, May 18, AUC will host a reception at The Cruz Building from 4:00-6:00 pm. This venue is conveniently located 3 miles from the University of Miami Watsco Center. Graduates will be able to bring one guest.

  • Keynote Speakers

    Amesh AdaljaAlumni Keynote: Amesh Adalja, MD, FIDSA

    Amesh Adalja, MD, FIDSA is a 2002 graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. He is board certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine, infectious diseases and critical care medicine.


    Dr. Adalja is a member of the National Quality Forum’s Infectious Disease Standing Committee, the American College of Emergency Physicians Pennsylvania Chapter’s EMS & Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness Committee, and the Allegheny County of Medical Reserve Corps. He was formerly a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Disaster Medical System and was deployed to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. He has served on U.S. government panels tasked with developing guidelines for the treatment of botulism and anthrax in mass casualty settings, the system of care for infectious disease emergencies, as well as a FEMA working group on nuclear disaster recovery.


    Dr. Adalja is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is a member of various medical societies, including the American Medical Association, the HIV Medicine Association, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.


    Dr. Adalja earned his undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University before obtaining his medical degree from AUC. He completed a combined residency in internal medicine and emergency medicine at Allegheny General Hospital, where he served as chief resident, and completed two fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh, one in infectious diseases and one in critical care medicine.



    David KenneallyStudent Address: David Kenneally, MD

    It has been a winding path to medicine for 2018 American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine graduate David Kenneally, MD. After earning a biology degree from California State University-San Bernardino, Dr. Kenneally put his medical school dreams on hold and embarked on a 14-year career in information technology to support his family.


    In 2014, Dr. Kenneally decided to pursue his ambition to become a doctor and enrolled at AUC. With his wife and family by his side, he relocated from Apple Valley, California to Sint Maarten and quickly became a leader on campus. He tutored his peers in multiple subjects, took on additional responsibilities as a Teaching Assistant for Anatomy and Harvey Labs, presided over the Alpha Omega Phi Honor and Service Society, and most recently acted as a regional representative on the Clinical Student Government Association. Dr. Kenneally even used his IT skills to develop a study game for Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology which has since been used nearly 450,000 times.


    In March of 2018, Dr. Kenneally matched into his first choice residency program—anesthesiology at the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The brand new program is the first anesthesiology training program in the state and Dr. Kenneally is one of 12 residents to make up its inaugural class. His family, who have been an important source of strength and support, are excited to begin the next chapter of their lives in Las Vegas, surrounded by extended family.

  • Ordering Regalia

    Participating graduates must order their own regalia, including a gown, hood, tam and tassel byApril 23, 2018. To place your order, visit and type in "American University of the Caribbean." Be ready to indicate the year of your graduate date (not the year of the ceremony). All regalia will be mailed directly to your desired address and you are responsible for bringing it to the ceremony.

  • Model Release Form

    All graduates must submit a signed AUC Model Release Form in order to participate in group photos. The form can be submitted by email to, by fax (786-228-3004), or by mail to AUC Pembroke Pines Attn: Graduation 2018, 880 SW 145th Avenue, Suite 202, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027. To access the model release form, visit:


  • Hotel Accommodations

    There are several hotels in the Coral Gables area that provide easy access to the University of Miami Watsco Center. AUC has arranged discounted rates for graduates and their guests at two nearby hotels, including the Marriott Miami Dadeland and Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables. Hotels are likely to fill well in advance of Commencement so we recommend reserving space as soon as possible.


    Miami Marriott Dadeland
    9090 South Dadeland Blvd, Miami, FL 33156
    3.6 miles to the University of Miami Watsco Center
    AUC Rate $169.00 (valid through April 27, 2018)

    Booking Instructions: AUC Commencement reservations can be made directly with Marriott reservations at 1-800-228-9290 or 1-800-503-0598 or by visiting Book your group rate for AUC Graduation Room Block.

    Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables
    180 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
    3.2 miles to the University of Miami Watsco Center
    AUC Rate $199.00 (valid through April 4, 2018)

    Booking Instructions:
    Please contact the hotel directly at 305-441-2600.  Once an individual reservation has been made, any changes should be made directly with the Group Reservations Department. A credit card number or 1 night advance deposit will be required to secure a room out of this block. Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to arrival or 1 night room and tax will be assessed.

  • Keepsakes and Memorabilia

    Commencement is an important milestone and we are excited to be able to offer several items to help you celebrate your accomplishment. Please see the below information on popular ways to announce and remember your graduation from medical school.

    • Graduation Announcements
    • Medical School Class Rings
    • Diploma Frames

    Please visit and type in "American University of the Caribbean."