LaHood to deliver commencement address
THE University of Guam confirmed that nearly 300 students will be receiving their degrees as they graduate on Sunday, May 27 at the UOG Field House.
The commencement ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. and will feature keynote speaker Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, who will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, UOG announced.
“We are very pleased to have Secretary LaHood as our commencement speaker,” UOG President Dr. Robert Underwood stated in a news release. “This is the first time in the history of the institution that we will have a Cabinet-level official as commencement speaker. His acceptance of our invitation coincides with our 60th anniversary celebration and brings a new and exciting perspective to our commencement ceremonies.”
The valedictorian for Spring 2012 is Ronald F. Doculan. He will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. According to UOG, Doculan is currently teaching at Liguan Elementary School.
Additionally, the university will be conferring its second honorary Master of Micronesian Traditional Knowledge to Jesus “Chamorro” Charfauros, a pioneer of the Chamorro cultural renaissance.
“Jesus Charfauros has been the greatest single contributor to the strength and vitality of the Chamorro language revival for over five decades,” Dr. Underwood stated. “His depth of knowledge and creative use of the Chamorro language has inspired dozens of Chamorro singers and artists. He richly deserves this recognition.”