COMMENCEMENT 2022

The American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) Class of 2022 Commencement ceremony will be celebrated on Saturday, May 21. We look forward to bringing all graduates together in recognition of your hard work, your determination, and your success in earning your medical degree.

Commencement Details

The Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 7 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.
Keynote Speaker
Steven Jackson

The Alumni Relations department is proud to announce that AUC alumnus, Steven Jackson, MD, MBA (’06), has agreed to keynote AUC’s 2022 Commencement Ceremony.

Dr. Jackson is a program director, and spinal cord injury specialist, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. His titles with HealthPartners include Clinical Program Director, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine; Co-Chairman, Medical Advisor for Health Equity; Medical Director, Patient Experience. Dr. Jackson is also an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Education and training: Surgery Internship, Mayo Clinic/Mayo School of Graduate Education, Rochester, MN; Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship, Mayo Clinic/Mayo School of Graduate Education; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond; Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship, Virginia Commonwealth University. Masters of Business Administration at Hamline University.

Top achievements:

  • Board certified in spinal cord injury by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • Research published in Nature and the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • Voted Top Doctor Rising Star by Mpls. St. Paul Magazine in 2018 and 2019.

Overview/research interests: (…) engaged with research projects and creating care guides to increase the quality of life for patients recovering from and dealing with lifelong spinal cord injuries. His research and practice when it comes to spinal cord injury are centered on encouragement, hope and restoration for his patients. Dr. Jackson latest research project is named “Identifying Racial and Ethnic Outcome Disparities After Discharge from Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation”. In this project, the aim is to determine if there is a difference in the change in function based on race or ethnicity and to examine whether there is a difference in discharge destination based on the same factors.

Other interests: Playing trumpet in his jazz band, singing, reading, playing video games with his kids and travel.

Below you can review Dr. Jackson’s short-bio as summarized in Regions Hospital’s website:

“While pursuing an interest in orthopedics, I found myself drawn to the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, particularly to patients with spinal cord injuries. During residency, I came to realize that my career path was more than an interest, but a calling I had to fulfill. As medical director of patient experience at Regions Hospital, I'm also focused on health equity and disparities.

I believe that patients in rehabilitation need to be restored, not only physically but also emotionally, socially and in many other areas of their lives. I want my patients to know that I am their biggest advocate: I am committed to helping restore their function so they can have good quality of life. Patients can count on me to exhaust all available resources in an effort to bring about their best achievable function.

Encouragement, hope and restoration are my guiding principles, and I live by the motto that "life begins after injury."”

Graduation Program

Graduation Program coming soon!

FAQ

Will there be an in-person ceremony?

Yes. AUC is excited to celebrate our graduates in-person on Saturday, May 22, 2022, at 7 p.m. ET at the Watsco Center (located on the University of Miami campus), 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, Florida.

We are working closely with the commencement venue in monitoring COVID-19 updates from the Center of Disease Control (CDC), the Florida Department of Health, and the World Health Organization (WHO) to uphold a successful event. With your health and safety as our top priority, we will adjust plans as needed to comply with local guidelines and restrictions and will keep you informed should we need to modify our graduation plans.* 

*With the evolving environment, date, time and location are subject to change. We recommend taking advantage of flexible booking options for flights and hotels.

Will guests be allowed at commencement?

We are awaiting guidance from the venue on any specific restrictions for guests. However, at this time there are no headcount restrictions regarding guests. We are strongly encouraging flexible travel including flight and hotel accommodations should anything change. We will continue to communicate any guidelines/restrictions with graduates via email.  

Please note that the event will also be livestreamed in real-time so family and friends can watch from anywhere across the world. The livestream link will be provided to graduates via email.

I’m not comfortable attending an in-person event. Will you also host a virtual event?

No, there will not be a standalone virtual event. AUC is excited that we will be able to celebrate our graduates’ accomplishments together in person – exact details regarding COVID-19 guidelines will be shared closer to the event date. If you are unable to attend the in-person commencement, there will be a livestream link shared so that it can be watched from anywhere across the world. The livestream link will be provided to graduates via email.

For Class of 2022 graduates who are unable to attend the in-person event, the Commencement Planning Team will include instructions for an option to participate virtually during the in-person ceremony when the commencement registration details are shared via email.  You must register by the designated deadline for these arrangements to be made.

I am a member of the class of 2020 or 2021. Can I participate in the 2022 ceremony?

Yes! Graduates who participated in 2020 or 2021 virtual celebrations may participate in the 2022 in-person commencement ceremony. An email will be sent to graduates with additional information for registering for the event and designating your class year.

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 encourage all graduates to wear regalia or white coats while participating in the virtual celebration. 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.

Will students or guests need to be vaccinated to attend a ceremony?

At this time, proof of vaccination will not be required for students and guests to attend the in-person ceremony. The university continues to strongly recommend strongly that people get vaccinated.

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

The entire list of eligible graduates for 2022 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 gradceremony@aucmed.edu. Please note that if there is an error, your name will still be announced in person. 

For the Class of 2020 or 2021, your name will be included in this program if you register for the ceremony by the designated deadline. 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. 

How can I purchase a cap and gown?

To place your order, follow these easy steps:

  • Go to: herff.ly/auc
  • Choose Cap and Gown
  • Click Cap & Gown at the top of the page
  • Click ‘GRADUATION REGALIA’, fill out your information, and complete the order

 

AUC will provide silver scholarship cords to qualified students at check-in on the day of the ceremony.

Are there any hotel recommendations for Graduates?

For your convenience please find some hotel recommendations for your stay in South Florida.

Hilton Miami Downtown (Host Hotel)

1601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

(305) 374-0000

Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables, Autograph Collection

180 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

(305) 441-2600

Miami Marriott Dadeland

9090 S Dadeland Blvd, Miami, FL 33156

(305) 670-1035

Courtyard by Marriott Miami Dadeland

9075 S Dadeland Blvd, Miami, FL 33156

(305) 670-1220                            

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables, FL 33134

(305) 441-1234

Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables

1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Phone: (305) 445-1926

Hampton Inn by Hilton Coconut Grove Miami / Coral Gables

2800 SW 28th Terrace, Miami, FL 33133

(305) 448-2800

For other options and assistance with booking a hotel

Will parking be available at the Watsco center?

• Upon arrival, we recommend commencement guests park in either the 425 North or South lots. Visitors to the Watsco Center are required to pay for parking. All vehicles must park head-in only and register the vehicle license plate with the University of Miami via a Pay Station kiosk or the PaybyPhone app.

  • To pay for parking, visitors may use PayByPhone (download app or call 877-885-8899) or a Pay Station kiosk. Pay Station kiosks are located in the parking lot, not at the main entrance. Parking must be prepaid prior to entering the building.
  • Parking costs for PayByPhone are $1.50 an hour plus a 27 cents transaction fee. Parking sessions over 5 hours are converted to $8.00 plus the 27 cents transaction fee. Parking costs for Pay Stations are $1.50 an hour and parking sessions over 5 hours are converted to $8.00. For more information, please visit the University of Miami Visitors page.
What time should I arrive at the Watsco Center?

Graduates should arrive at the Watsco Center by 5:30 pm with their robe, tam, hood (if it has been mailed, if not hoods can be collected at the Herff Jones table), and tassel. You should enter through the breezeway to the right of the main entrance (street level) and go to the Multi-Purpose Room (Field House).

  • You need to check in no later than 6:00 pm. Please line up at the appropriate check-in station based on the first letter of your last name. The check-in stations will be as follows: A-D, E-K, L-R, S-Z.
  • At check-in, you will be required to show your student ID or driver’s license in order to receive your seating card. You will receive seating cards placing you in one of four groups (as noted above) printed with your name and honors information. Please do not lose this seating card because it will also be used to announce your name during the ceremony.
What time can my guests enter the building?

Your guests will be permitted to enter the Watsco Center beginning at 5:30 pm through the main entrance. Physical tickets will not be required.

We recommend that graduates discourage guests from bringing extraneous personal belongings as there is no coat check available.

  • Be aware that large bags and backpacks of all guests may be searched upon entrance to the Watsco Center.
  • Light refreshments will be available for purchase on the concourse. Outside food and beverage are not permitted.
  • The facility will not permit us to have balloons inside the arena.
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.