The inaugural graduation of the Georgetown American University was held on Saturday, introducing seven new doctors into the medical field.Founded five years ago and located on Croal Street, Georgetown, students from countries such as Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Canada and Russia completed the programme and were awarded at the Marriott Hotel. Members of the graduating class were Bruke Abenet, Ihiyemi Aderayo, Hayaat Amara, Amanda Amsterdam, Alicia Jaikaran, Lyndon Tuffulo and Isioma Oside.Isioma Oside was Valedictorian and highlighted the challenges she would have faced to finally graduate after waiting for three years.“Graduating isn’t the end but the beginning of the journey ahead. We have bought the land, set the foundation and now, it is time to build and building is the tough part. One thing we shouldn’t forget is how we started and what we have been called to do in this field,” Oside said to her fellow graduates and the extended gathering.Her advice for the future is to be inquisitive in this field and develop relations with persons who share encouragement.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence also expressed that the graduates must be committed to leadership, in healing those who are suffering from diseases and other health factors.“The most significant words are leadership, alleviating human suffering, research [and] healthcare delivery; all of which are intrinsically linked to the global health mandate under the theme: ‘Universal Health, Everyone, Everywhere.”To the first graduating class, she said, “You are the first batch and the ambassadors of this prestigious institution. The expectations for you are therefore high. You will be the trailblazers and torch bearers, striving in your respective milieus to uphold the name of the institution.”President of the institution, Dr Melissa Varswyk sighted that the use of technology to develop a modern curriculum has always been on the agenda and they are hoping to expand the number of courses being offered.The Academic Honour Award was presented to Amanda Amsterdam, while Alicia Jaikaran was named the President Honour Awardee.