UOG commencement speakers talk about embracing change

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Class Valedictorian Seanne R. Clemente (PNC photo)

Guam – Embracing change was the recurring theme last night at the University of Guam’s commencement ceremony.

Over 380 expected graduates received their degrees on Sunday at UOG’s Fañomnåkan 2019 Commencement Ceremony. This is the largest graduating class for UOG to date.

Governor Lou A. Leon Guerrero delivered the commencement address.

Reaching their full potential may not be easy, but as the Governor imparted on the graduates:

“Do not be afraid to ask questions and seek answers. … Questions lead to answers, or to the discovery of facts and sound reasoning that can lead to a change for the better. Questions rock complacency. When we ask questions, we learn more. We become surer of ourselves. We become more confident in our decisions, our ideas, and our actions. We become more courageous, and we hold ourselves up stronger.”

Shawn Reyes Clemente, UOG Valedictorian, gave his remarks and his speech was anything but cliche,’ but instead, it resonated with hope for a bright future embraced by a generation of change.

“Fellow graduates, we are living in a time of change. In such a short amount of time, we have seen amazing advances in technology, medicine, and social change. … There is still so much to do, and as the children of this generation of change, it is our responsibility to perpetuate that change for the better,” said Clemente, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology on Sunday.

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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.