Education Special

Xavier University School of Medicine celebrates 2024 commencement ceremony

Thursday, 30 May, 2024
The graduating class of Xavier University School of Medicine Aruba (Photo provided by Xavier University School of Medicine Aruba)

The picturesque residential campus of Xavier University School of Medicine in Aruba hosted the joyous commencement ceremony for the Class of 2024 on May 18.

A total of 50 graduates received their diplomas, with over half of them attending the ceremony in person. The event was graced by inspiring speeches from distinguished guests. 

His Excellency Endy Croes, Aruba’s Minister for Education and Sport, addressed the graduates, emphasizing the vital role they will play in advancing global healthcare. 

The keynote speaker, Dr Thomas John, delivered a moving speech that highlighted the importance of compassion and resilience in the medical profession.

President Ravi Bhooplapur expressed his immense pride in the graduates during his heartfelt address. 

“Today, we celebrate not just the culmination of your academic journey but the beginning of your impactful careers in medicine. You have shown remarkable dedication, resilience, and compassion — qualities that will serve you well as you embark on your journey to heal and inspire. We are incredibly proud of each and every one of you,” said Bhooplapur.



(From left) Salutatorian Dr. Angelos Soukovelos and Valedictorian Dr. Amritdeep Randhawa. (Photo provided by Xavier University School of Medicine Aruba)

 


His Excellency Endy Croes, Aruba’s Minister for Education and Sport, addressing the graduates. (Photo provided by Xavier University School of Medicine Aruba)

 


Keynote speaker Dr. Thomas John imparting wisdom to the graduating class. (Photo provided by Xavier University School of Medicine Aruba)

The Valedictorian for the Class of 2024 was Dr. Amritdeep Randhawa, and the Salutatorian was Dr. Angelos Soukovelos.

The ceremony also honored several individuals for their significant contributions to medical education and the Xavier University community:

* Dr. Linnea Smith received the prestigious Dr. Jerome Lowenstein Endowed Lectureship on Humanistic Aspects of Medical Education Award, recognizing her exceptional dedication to humanistic medical education.

* Dr. Raul Mostoslavsky was presented with the Xavier University School of Medicine Excellence in Medicine Award, celebrating his outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of medicine.

* Dr. Neelam Dwivedi was honored with the Faculty Excellence Award, acknowledging her commitment to academic excellence and mentorship.

* Hilda Statia received the Staff Excellence Award for her unwavering support and dedication to the university’s students and mission.

The graduates received their diplomas and were hooded in a symbolic act marking their entry into the medical profession. 

The ceremony concluded with the recitation of the Hippocratic Oath, reaffirming their commitment to ethical medical practice.

The event was a testament to the hard work, perseverance, and unwavering dedication of the graduates. As they move forward into their medical careers, they carry with them the knowledge, skills, and values instilled by Xavier University School of Medicine. 

The entire Xavier University community extends its heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to the Class of 2024, confident that they will make significant contributions to the field of medicine and beyond.

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