On June 1, 2018, approximately 800 AUHS graduates, guests, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the university’s annual commencement ceremony. The prestigious ceremony was held at the renowned Long Beach Convention Center, Beverly O’Neill Theater in Long Beach, California. The ceremony included graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master in Science in Clinical Research programs, and featured an afternoon of prominent speakers, award presentations, and confirmation of degrees.
After the Presentation of Colors by the Cabrillo High School JROTC and national anthem by Adah De Castro and Faith Devera, University Founder Pastor Gregory A. Johnson provided a heartfelt invocation prayer for the ceremony attendees. University President Dr. Caroll Ryan then provided her distinguished welcome remarks—speaking on the tremendous success of the graduates and university as a whole.
Other speakers included student speaker, Andrew Chapman, who spoke with humor and gratitude to the journey of earning his BSN degree. He thanked his fellow classmates with the words, “I want to say thank you to all my classmates. I may be the one speaking right now, but we did this together. As clichéd as this sounds, teamwork makes the dream work.” He continued “These [graduates] are wonderful people who at the end of the day will be making a difference in people’s lives. How amazing is that?”
Inspired by seeing the graduates, Dr. Kali P. Chaudhuri delivered an energetic keynote speech in which he shared his story of moving to America to become an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Chaudhuri, the Chairman and Founder of the KPC Group of Companies, praised the American dream and the tremendous hard work of nurses from the perspective of a doctor. To resounding applause, Dr. Chaudhuri saluted the graduates and urged them to always believe, have courage, and dedicate themselves to hard work.
The ceremony also offered an opportunity to recognize the powerful accomplishments of AUHS’ graduates and alumni. Student awards included the Clinical Award, Leadership Award, President’s Award, and the AUHS Outstanding Alumni. The latter honor was given to AUHS alumna No LanAnh Nguyen, a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
As always, the highlight of the ceremony concluded with the presentation of degrees and pinning ceremony. Each graduate walked on stage to be pinned—with a personal statement read after each name was called. The statement provided an opportunity for graduates to briefly thank and dedicate their degrees to family and friends. The ceremony ended with a reception featuring plenty of smiles, photos, and celebration of achievement.
Click below to watch some highlights from Commencement ’18:
About American University of Health Sciences
AUHS is a Christian based, minority-serving university, which educates students for careers in the healthcare profession. AUHS emphasizes the values of faith in God, love of humankind, and belief that all people have a right to healthcare and deserve a good quality of life based on the wellness of body, mind, and spirit. The university celebrates diversity and reaches out to groups currently underrepresented in healthcare and research. AUHS provides the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, hands-on practical training and supportive environment required to create competent and compassionate healthcare professionals.
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