The University of Guam celebrated its 52nd year since the signing of the charter that renamed the institution in 1968 by opening its campus to the community.
Thousands of people from all over the island crowded themselves onto the University of Guam’s center courtyard and other buildings to eat, shop, learn and watch the various performances that took place as part of the university’s Charter Day celebrations.
This year’s theme was “Local Inspiration, Global Impact,” which UOG President Dr. Thomas Krise said was representative of the effects that UOG has on not just its community, but the region, as well as the world.
During the event’s opening ceremony, Krise also talked about the importance of opening the campus to connect with the local community.
“Also joining us today, and this is important, there are over 2000 elementary, middle, and high school students from both public and private schools that are visiting our campus. It’s a great opportunity for them to see themselves on a college campus to imagine their future, finishing their degrees, and moving on to make a difference in our world,” Krise said.
During Charter Day, attendants were free to take part in the exhibits and demonstrations hosted by the university’s various programs and community organizations.
A rock wall, zip line, and games were also available for participants to join.
According to UOG faculty member Vince Campo, who has been an attendant for several years, Charter Day is important to better the relationship between the university and the community it serves.
“We want to bring all the ideas and projects that we gather in the university and we want to push it into the community. We want to show the community that we’re here for them and we are looking for a brighter future,” Campo said.