Halpern earns degree from American University
WASHINGTON, DC – Abraham Diego Halpern received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the College of Arts and Sciences of American University during commencement
ceremonies held on Saturday, May 11.
Halpern was a three-year graduate and the valedictorian of the Marfa High School class of 2009. For his semester abroad, he attended Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan where he used his command of the Japanese language.
Paul Farmer MD, PhD, a medical anthropologist, physician and professor at Harvard University delivered the commencement address. Farmer is chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a founding director of Partners in Health, an international non-profit that provides direct health care and health services in developing world countries.
President Cornelius “Neil” Kerwin, an American University alumnus, made the charge to the graduates at the ceremony held in the school’s Bender Arena. The 127th AU commencement began with the student processional accompanied by the Prelude Brass Ensemble and the faculty and platform party processional with the drum and bagpipe march performed by the City of Alexandria, Virginia Pipes and Drums.
Halpern is the son of Robert and Rosario Halpern of Marfa, the grandson of Tomas and Abigail Salgado of Marfa, and the grandson of Florence Forchheimer Halpern and the late Bob Halpern of Alpine.