UOG holds virtual commencement ceremony


The University of Guam conferred degrees to 360 graduates during its first ever virtual commencement ceremony Thursday night.

The ceremony marked the university’s second-largest graduating class and also its highest number of master’s degrees within an academic year — a total of 144 from 2019 to 2020.

The commencement included remarks from the university’s president, Dr. Thomas Krise, as well as a keynote speech by former Guam resident Yuri Kim. Kim is the first Korean-American woman and first person from Guam to be a U.S. ambassador.

UOG’s Class of 2020 Valedictorian is Megan Gimmen, a merit scholar from Okkodo High School who double majored in biology and chemistry.

Although the event may not have been held traditionally, UOG will allow graduates to participate in future in-person graduation ceremonies.