Manipal’s American University of Antigua (AUA) holds graduation ceremony in New Jersey


Manipal’s American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine, a unit of the Manipal Education and Medical Group, marked a significant milestone with their 2023 graduation ceremony that took place at the renowned New Jersey Performing Arts Center recently.

More than 200 graduates, along with special guests, a dedicated team of AUA staff, and proud family members and friends of the graduates came together to celebrate at the event, according to a press release from NewsVoir on the event, carried by ANI.

Medical professionals affiliated with AUA, including Dr Peter Bell, AUA’s Provost and VP of Global Medical Education, Dr Mohammad Torabi, a surgeon, and an AUA alumnus (class of 2017), and Neal Simon JD, the President and Founder of AUA, who was named Ambassador-at-Large for Antigua and Barbuda in 2015, were among the guests.

Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, D-Florida, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.

Dr. Torabi, a general surgery resident at Michigan State University, where he also serves as the administrative chief, addressed the gathering, “It’s an honor to be here today, as we celebrate your incredible achievement. As a surgeon and alumnus of American University of Antigua College of Medicine, I know first-hand the hard work and dedication that it takes to become a physician. You all have put in countless hours of studying, taken countless exams and dedicated a lot of work. And today is the day that all the hard work has finally paid off. You are now doctors and you should be proud of that. I want to encourage you to find your passion and purpose in medicine. Medicine is not just a job, it’s a calling, a chance to make a difference in people’s lives, to ease their pain and suffering and to bring them hope. The future of medicine is bright, but also challenging. You are the next generation of healthcare professionals who have the power to change the future of medicine. I can wait to see what the future holds for you.”

Manipal’s AUA, with its expanding network of accomplished alumni and affiliates is now looking forward to welcoming a new cohort of aspiring medical professionals into the AUA family, the press release said Applications are closing shortly for the Fall August/September 2023 batch of the Pre-med to MD program at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, Karnataka, India. Limited scholarships are available. To find out more about the admission process, visit
The AUA is an international medical school with a US-modeled curriculum that emphasizes hands-on training and personalized learning with small batch sizes. It is recognized by the Medical Board of California (MBC), approved by the New York and Florida Education, the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP). Students upon successfully passing the licensure exams, can aim for residency and become a practicing doctor in any of the 50 states in the USA, UK or Canada, the press release from NewsVoir said.



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