246 earn degrees at University of Guam

246 earn degrees at University of Guam

The University of Guam conferred degrees to 246 graduates at its Fanuchånan 2020 commencement ceremony Sunday.

There were 85 master’s degrees awarded, the largest number of master’s degrees ever conferred by the university in a semester, according to a news release from the school. There were 161 bachelor’s degrees awarded.

The ceremony took place virtually. It can be viewed online at www.facebook.com/UniversityofGuam.

“These are unprecedented times and that we’re all living through a historic challenge,” said UOG President Thomas W. Krise. “But this class of graduates of the University of Guam has been resilient and flexible and supportive in the spirit of the CHamoru values of chinchule’ and inafa’maolek.”

Class valedictorian Maya D. Nanpei said she found a sense of belonging and support at UOG that helped her overcome ADHD. 

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 “I hope that we leave our time at UOG feeling like we belonged to something outside of ourselves and use that feeling to inspire us in future endeavors,” she said. 

She said graduating during a pandemic was a challenge “in a league of its own.”

Dr. Edison Manaloto, a two-time University of Guam alumnus and now a doctor at Guam Regional Medical City, delivers the keynote speech for the university’s virtual commencement ceremony in December 2020.

Dream big

The keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Edison P. Manaloto, a two-time UOG alumnus and the 2006 UOG valedictorian. He returned to Guam as a medical doctor at Guam Regional Medical City, the release stated. 

He remembers some of his classmates weren’t dreaming big.

“The problem was not a lack of talent or skill — that is abundant — but an inherent fear to dream and to dream big. Looking back, I realized a false sense of insecurity that surrounds many of our island’s youth growing up,” he said. “Many fail to see their own uniqueness and talents. They fail to claim what is rightfully theirs, which is a seat at the table.”

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