Spring 2018 Campus Update
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AIC Joins Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

American International College recently joined the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) as an associate member. Established in 1986 with a founding membership of 18 institutions, HACU now represents more than 470 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America, and Spain. While member institutions in the United States represent only 13% of all higher education institutions nationwide, together these colleges and universities are home to two-thirds of all Hispanic college students.

AIC Offers Helping Hand after Hurricane Maria

In December 2017, AIC announced the establishment of the Puerto Rico Relief Scholarship, a temporary program that allows students to continue their studies while Puerto Rico rebuilds its infrastructure following the impact of Hurricane Maria. Students who were displaced were invited to attend AIC during the spring 2018 or fall 2018 semester at a greatly reduced cost. Participants can apply for additional federal financial aid, while the College guides prospective students through the application and financial aid process.

“It is not just the reduction in AIC’s tuition that is beneficial, it is the College’s sincere humanitarian interest in reaching out to students during a period of uncertainty that is commendable. Truly, AIC is committed to access, opportunity, and diversity, and we are all the richer for the institution’s generosity and higher dedication to the academic pursuits of all students.”

Marcos A. Marrero
Planning and Economic Development
City of Holyoke

Inaugural Doctoral Graduation and Hooding Ceremony at The Griswold Theatre

American International College conferred 48 doctoral degrees at the inaugural Doctoral Graduation and Hooding Ceremony in the Esther B. Griswold Theatre on the AIC campus on May 12, 2018. The event attracted a standing room only crowd in recognition of the significant academic achievements of the graduates. A reception in the West Wing Gallery immediately followed the doctoral ceremony.

doctoral students smiling in a row

doctoral graduate posing with mother

American International College’s 133rd Commencement

President Vince Maniaci and the Board of Trustees led the American International College community in honoring more than 1,000 undergraduate students and master’s degree candidates at the College’s 133rd Commencement at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA, on May 12, 2018.

Darnell Williams ’79, Hon ’18, president and CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, delivered the commencement address and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his outstanding achievement in the social sciences and significant community contributions at the local and national levels.

AIC valedictorians, and salutatorian

Darnell Williams speaking at commencement in downtown Springfield

graduate processional during commencement ceremony