03 May 2024

SAU Celebrates Exceptional Senior Ashley Weekes

Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) proudly highlights the remarkable achievements of graduating senior Ashley Kristen Weekes. Ashley, a native of Barbados majoring in Accounting, has excelled as the valedictorian of the ACBSP-accredited School of Business, Management, & Technology, embodying 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 & field team, Ashley’s stellar performance extends beyond the field with her role 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.

“The decision to travel thousands of miles away from home to pursue my college degree was undoubtedly one of the most challenging yet rewarding choices I’ve ever made,” Weekes shared. “In August of 2020, my parents bid me farewell at the airport in Barbados, assuring me, ‘Ashley, you will be great.’ With a smile and a heart full of excitement for the new chapter ahead, I brushed off their words. But standing here today, as the 73rd Miss Saint Augustine’s University and the valedictorian for the School of Business, I can proudly say that I’ve made my mark on this campus.”

Upon graduation, Ashley plans to further her academic pursuits through an internship in Colombia 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 peers and the broader SAU community.

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

Ashley Weekes represents the resilience and dedication that embody the spirit of Saint Augustine’s University, shining brightly amidst challenges and paving the way for future generations of Falcons.

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