Saturday, June 23, 2012

Anna's Convocation, June 15, 2012

Today was the highlight of our trip to New York. We came here for Anna's convocation from the American University of Antigua (AUA), College of Medicine.
The ceremonies were held at the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. My cousin, John, drove us there and he left his car with us, in case we needed it later during the day. He had to go to his office to meet with his boss who was going back to Chicago.

The Emcee for the Ceremony was Dick Woodward, AUA SVP for Enrolment Management and CEO.
The graduating students march in.
The Deans and other distinguished members of AUA.

Welcome by Dr Neal Simon, AUA President and Founder
Dr Seymour Schwarz, AUA Provost

 Dr Jagbir Nagra, Executive Dean, AUA Antigua Campus, & VP for Academic Affairs
Dr Peter Bell, AUA VP for Global Education & Executive Dean, Clinical Services
The Guest Speaker, Congressman Elijah E Cummings of Maryland, gave a very inspiring and entertaining talk.
The late Dr Rafael Olazagasti was honored with a Scholarship created in his name
The Alumni Speaker was Dr Ehsan Esmaili, one of the first AUA graduates, who just completed his residency in general surgery. Next month, he will begin a fellowship in hand an microvascular surgery at the University of Connecticut.
That's our Anna.
Starting to go up to be hooded and to receive her diploma. They were arranged according to the last name so she was in the last row.

Being hooded/collared.
A very proud moment for all of us - Anna receiving her diploma.
The new medical doctors marching out of the hall.
Dr Anna with Dr Neha Gupta
L to R: Dr Neha Gupta, Dr Peter Sangra and Dr Anna Uson
L to R: John Rosario, my cousin and Anna's Ninong; Anna; Mikey; and Mae
Family picture

Anna with Neha and her Dad & Mom

Dr Anna Uson outside Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
Pigeons crossing
My niece, Bianca, met up with us while we were having lunch at an Italian restaurant. After that, Anna and Bianca picked up cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery.
Then we had gelato at Bomboloni, where Anna & Bianca bought Italian doughnuts for take-out.
A beautiful building in front of the gelato place.
Nice bus
Big old lock with the key (???)
An Italian pizzeria across the gelato/doughnut place

Central Park
Chilling out in Central Park

We walked back to the Lincoln Center to get the SUV in the parking lot.
Anna in front of the Allice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, where she had her convocation earlier this afternoon.

Traffic to 5th Avenue to pick up my cousin, John.
Cultural diversity
Tim Hortons in the Big Apple

On the way to the Anna's celebration dinner at  Benihana Restaurant in Manhasset, NY
Dr Anna displaying her knowledge of biochemistry by preparing a sake bomb for her and her cousins.
L to R: Anna, Bianca, Justin and Joshua
Mikey (L) did not seem that interested in the sake bomb. I think he was hungry and thinking of his sashimi dinner.

The sake bombs are almost ready.
Drink up!

Kampai! Bottoms up!

Our chef preparing our food.

Thus ended a very, very wonderful day.

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