The American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) Class of 2023 Commencement ceremony will be celebrated on Saturday, May 20. We look forward to bringing all graduates together in recognition of your hard work, your determination, and your success in earning your medical degree.


Details will soon follow with important information you’ll need ahead of time. But for now, mark your calendar, alert friends and family, begin making travel plans, and follow the Facebook AUC Commencement Ceremony event group. You’ve come a long way, and you should be proud of what you are about to accomplish!

Commencement Details

The Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 6 p.m. ET at the Watsco Center (located on the University of Miami campus), 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, Florida.

  • Keynote address: more information to come!
  • Community Service and Outstanding Academic Awards will be announced. 
  • Individual recognition for each participating graduate during the Conferral of Degrees. 
  • Traditional recitation of the Hippocratic Oath.
Downloadable Assets

In honor of your special day, our team created a celebration tool kit for our AUC graduates. Be sure to download celebratory signs, social media graphics, and invitations below!

Graduation Program

Graduation Program coming soon!

Keynote Speaker - Monica Arti Makhija, MD
Monica Makhija

Monica Arti Makhija, MD ’07, is a neurologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. After graduating from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), she completed her residency training at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she served as chief resident.

Dr. Makhija completed a sleep fellowship at the Department of Neurology at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, with pediatric sleep training at Boston Children's Hospital. She then completed a second fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology with an Epilepsy focus at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she stayed on and joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School. She carries board certifications in both Epilepsy and Sleep Medicine, and her clinical and research interests are in the intersection of these two fields. She runs a specialty clinic for epilepsy patients with undiagnosed sleep disorders.

An active researcher, Dr. Makhija was honored with a NeuroNext research fellowship to develop her clinical trials acumen. She is in the midst of initiating drug trials in sleep medicine, primarily focusing on neurology-based sleep disorders. She has two internal grants to help support her research into the effect of sleep deprivation on epilepsy patients.

In addition to research and clinical care, Dr. Makhija devotes substantial time to teaching. Her main focus for teaching includes continuity clinics for the neurology residents at the Combined Harvard residency teaching program and clinics focusing on both sleep and epilepsy for both the neurophysiology fellows and sleep medicine fellows. She teaches clerkship students core sleep neurophysiology lectures at the medical school level. Outside of work, she enjoys running, including after her three young children.


Where will the Commencement Ceremony be located?

AUC is excited to celebrate our graduates in-person on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 6 p.m. ET at the Watsco Center (located on the University of Miami campus), 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, Florida.

Will guests be allowed at commencement?

 Yes! Friends and family are welcome at the ceremony. At the time at which we share registration, there is no limit on the number of guests, however you will be asked to provide a number of guests, for security and planning purposes.  

Please note that the event will also be livestreamed on the AUC Facebook and YouTube pages in real-time so family and friends can watch from anywhere across the world if they are unable to attend in person.

Will you also offer a virtual event?

No, there will not be a virtual component for the 2023 ceremony. AUC is excited that we will be able to celebrate our graduates’ accomplishments together in person.

How do I get my scholarship cords?

Graduates who were a recipient of an Empower Scholarship Fund scholarship OR any AUC scholarship award are eligible to receive and wear a silver scholarship cord. Cords will be handed out the day of during the check-in process.

How do I wear my regalia?

We require all graduates to wear regalia while participating. You can find a video on how to wear your regalia here

Are face coverings/masks required for students, staff, and guests at the ceremony?

At this time face coverings/masks are not required for students, staff, and guests.

Why doesn’t my name appear in the commencement program?

The entire list of eligible graduates will be added to the commencement program and we do our best to ensure that the lists are correct. Should you notice a discrepancy, our team can send a revised digital copy post-ceremony if you email Please note that if there is an error, your name will still be announced in person. 

Do I need to register to participate in commencement?

Yes. It is required to register to participate in AUC’s in-person commencement ceremony. A link will be made available to you via email. The email sender with be NameCoach (, NOT American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Be sure to check your SPAM folder!

Please note that registration for commencement will close at midnight eastern standard time on Sunday, April 23, 2023.

Can I purchase a cap and gown?

After April 17, 2023 all online orders have been closed. In order to purchase a cap and gown, please reach out to Debbie McInerney at for further information about ordering your regalia, and arrange for pickup at the ceremony. The charge for regalia will be $108 USD – only credit and debit will be accepted (no American Express). Please plan to arrive when doors open should you need to collect your regalia onsite.

Are there any hotel recommendations for Graduates?

We have discounted rates at various Miami hotels, you may click HERE. We also recommend the Hyatt Regency Miami due to its proximity to the airport, Miami Beach and Downtown Miami, click HERE.

Will there be a program?

Physical programs will be available at the ceremony. However, in the spirit of One Health and being environmentally conscious, we ask that programs are limited to 2-3 per family/friends. There will be a QR code available to pull up a digital program on the day of the ceremony on a mobile device.

Is there a limit to the number of guests I can bring?

There is currently not a limit to the number of guests a graduate can bring to commencement. However, the events team asks each graduate kindly provides the most accurate headcount possible for guests when you register to participate in the in-person ceremony. This will allow the events team to plan accordingly for capacity and security purposes.  

How do I order a diploma frame with an international shipping address?

If a student has an international shipping/billing address, and they want to order the diploma frame, they will need to order the cap and gown by itself and then go to to order the diploma frame.

Will the ceremony be photographed and/or videoed?

Yes! By entering the 2023 Commencement event for American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, you are entering an area where photography, audio and video recording may occur.

Your entry and presence on the event premises constitutes your consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded and to the release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction of any and all recorded media of your appearance, voice, and name for any purpose whatsoever in perpetuity in connection with American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and its initiatives, including, by way of example only, use on websites, in social media, news and advertising.

By entering the event premises, you waive and release any claims you may have related to the use of recorded media of you at the event, including, without limitation, any right to inspect or approve the photo, video or audio recording of you, any claims for invasion of privacy, violation of the right of publicity, defamation, and copyright infringement or for any fees for use of such record media.

You understand that all photography, filming and/or recording will be done in reliance on this consent. If you do not agree to the foregoing, please do not enter the event premises.

What time should graduates arrive for check-in for the 2023 ceremony?

Graduates should begin to arrive for check-in and line-up two hours prior to the start of the ceremony. For AUC, that will be 4:00PM ET.

When will guests of the graduates be permitted to enter the Watsco Center for the ceremony?

Guests of the graduates will be permitted to enter the Watsco Center an hour and a half prior to the start of the ceremony. This is a half hour after graduates begin checking-in, so please plan accordingly.