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SAU celebrates exceptional senior Ashley Weekes

Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) is proud to highlight the remarkable achievements of graduating senior Ashley Kristen Weekes. A native of Barbados and majoring in Accounting, Ashley excelled as valedictorian of the ACBSP-accredited School of Business, Management, & Technology, which embodies academic and personal excellence.

“Ashley Weekes exemplifies the spirit of resilience and achievement that defines our Falcon family,” said SAU Interim President Dr. Marcus H. Burgess. “Her transformative experience at SAU has culminated in her role as a leader and trailblazer, leaving a lasting impact on the campus community.”

A former athlete on the women’s track and field team, Ashley’s amazing achievements extend beyond the field with her roles as the 73rd Miss Saint Augustine’s University, President of the SAU Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), Inc., and as a Student Global Leadership Fellow.

“Deciding to travel thousands of miles from home to pursue my university education was undoubtedly one of the most challenging yet rewarding choices I have ever made,” says Weekes. “In August 2020, my parents said goodbye to me at the Barbados airport and assured me, ‘Ashley, you will be amazing.’ With a smile and a heart full of excitement for the new chapter ahead, I brushed their words away. But as I stand here today, as the 73rd Miss Saint Augustine’s University and as valedictorian of the School of Business, I can proudly say that I have left my mark on this campus.”

After graduation, Ashley plans to continue her academic pursuits through an internship in Columbia and a master’s program in Accounting at North Carolina A&T State University, where she has earned a full scholarship. Her commitment to excellence and passion for growth serve as an inspiration to her colleagues and the broader SAU community.

“SAU, thank you for giving me the opportunity to lead, transform and excel at what it means to be a true Falcon,” said Weekes. “Thank you for embracing my culture and thank you to everyone who has shaped me into the woman I am today. Now, to the Class of 2024, we have found a way when there seemed to be no way.”

Ashley Weekes represents the resilience and dedication that embodies the spirit of Saint Augustine University, which shines brightly in the midst of challenges and paves the way for future generations of Falcons.

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