UOG Graduates 221, Tabitha Caser Espina Named Class Valedictorian

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Guam – On Sunday [December 18], 221 prospective graduates will receive their degrees during the University of Guam’s fall 2011 commencement ceremonies held in the Field House at beginning at 2:00 p.m. This is an 11% increase in the number of graduates compared to the prior fall.

The keynote speaker is Senator Ben Pangelinan and the title of his speech is, “Revolution – Every generation needs a new revolution. What will yours be?”

The University of Guam Fall 2011 Class Valedictorian is Tabitha Caser Espina, an education major who will receive her degree in Elementary Education during commencement ceremonies held on December 18 in the UOG Field House.

Espina holds a 4.0 grade point average and is the daughter of Ron and Alpha Espina who are both are teachers with GDOE.  Espina was the salutatorian of Simon Sanchez High School in 2008 and completed her baccalaureate degree in three and a half years. She received two Recognition of Excellence (ROE) Awards for scoring within the top 15% nationally on two Praxis II content area tests. Praxis II Subject Assessments measure knowledge of specific subjects that K–12 educators will teach, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills and knowledge.

The ETS Recognition of Excellence Award honors test takers who achieve exceptional individual performance on selected Praxis II tests. She plans to pursue a Master of Arts in English at the University of Guam beginning in January 2012.

Espina is one of 221 prospective graduates who will receive their degrees on Sunday during the University of Guam’s fall 2011 commencement ceremonies held in the Field House at beginning at 2:00 p.m.