The University of Guam will confer degrees to a record-breaking 386 graduates at its Fañomnåkan 2021 Commencement Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. this Sunday.
The ceremony, to be held on the field of Paseo Stadium in Hagåtña, will be the first in-person commencement that the university has held since December 2019. The graduates have completed their degrees with more than a year of online learning since the pandemic struck in March 2020.
Should weather not permit, the commencement ceremony will be rescheduled to a later date.
The ceremony will include a keynote speech by UOG alumnus and local executive, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Gener F. Deliquina.
“When you earn a degree, you also take on a larger responsibility of being a leader in the community and actively working toward the common good, and Gener is a perfect example of that,” said UOG President Thomas W. Krise. “We hope all our graduates and the community as a whole will be inspired by his story.”
Having earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Guam in 1992, Deliquina — now CEO of Coast360 Federal Credit Union — has since built a solid career in Guam’s financial industry while working to enrich the community through civic leadership and corporate sponsorship of various nonprofits and community organizations.
Having first gained experience as an accountant and accounting supervisor for the Guam Department of Administration and Bureau of Budget and Management Research, he then became a Certified Public Accountant in 2004 and assumed the role of chief financial officer for the Government of Guam Employees Federal Credit Union, which later became Coast360. He became the CEO of the credit union in 2014.
Deliquina is also the founder and director of Fusion Dance Company, a professional dance studio that trains students as young as 4. The students perform locally, compete internationally, and fundraise and volunteer to benefit children’s organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Erica’s House, and the Guam Special Olympics.
Deliquina has served on the boards of the Guam Humanities Council and the Association of Government Accountants and currently serves as treasurer of the Guam Gymnastics Federation, which, as part of the Guam National Olympic Committee, coaches and mentors aspiring Olympic athletes to represent Guam.
He was recognized in 2018 as a UOG Distinguished Alumni of the university’s School of Business and Public Administration.
Tickets to attend the commencement ceremony are limited to two per graduate, and graduates must register their guests at https://tinyurl.com/sp21grad. Pandemic safety protocols will be in place for the ceremony, including required masks, temperature checks, and socially distanced seating.
The ceremony will also be streamed live on the UOG Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UniversityofGuam.
For complete details on the commencement ceremony, visit https://www.uog.edu/commencements/fanomnakan-2021/.