UOG Fall Commencement Sunday; 38% Increase in Graduates Over Last Fall

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Guam – The University of Guam’s fall 2010 commencement ceremonies, which will be held December 19, show a 38% increase in the number of graduates compared to fall 2009 commencement.  The university expects 230 students to graduate Sunday, compared to 166 in fall 2009.

Of the total number of graduates this fall, 63 will receive their Bachelor of Arts in Education, two in social work, 10 are graduating with accounting degrees, eight with degrees in human resource management, 13 are finance and economics majors, six students will receive their Associate Degree in Nursing, and one will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, among many other disciplines.

English Literature major Kimberly A. Hawko is the University of Guam’s fall 2010 valedictorian and will graduate with a 4.0 grade point average. She moved to Guam from Ohio in 2007 to live with her father, who serves in the Coast Guard, and to attend the university.

[Caption: UOG Fall 2010 Valedictorian Kimberly Hawko]

“Moving to Guam was a really good experience for me. There is such a diversity of culture and people here that I was exposed to a variety of global perspectives,” she said. Her ultimate goal is to become a professor at a university or an editor at a publishing firm. In the short term, she is debating whether to enroll in a graduate program in Maine or at James Cook University in Australia. “What I loved about going to UOG was that the campus provided me with a climate where I was able to focus on my academic studies,” she added.

Keynote speaker Rear Admiral Gumataotao pre-recorded his message and the DVD will be played during the ceremony. The ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday in the UOG Field House.