336 to graduate from UOG on May 21

Commencement speaker is Attorney General of Hawaii, Douglas Chin
Douglas S. Chin

Douglas S. Chin

The University of Guam will recognize a record 336 prospective graduates on Sunday, May 21, 2017, in the UOG Calvo Field House during its spring commencement ceremony.

The 336 total graduates represent the single largest graduating class in the university’s history. Of the expected graduates, 270 will receive undergraduate degrees and 66 will receive graduate degrees.

“The university continues to showcase the wonderful achievements of its students,” said UOG president Dr. Robert Underwood. “We will also have the opportunity to hear from a speaker who has made national headlines for challenging a presidential executive order and upholding the U.S. Constitution.”

Douglas S. Chin, Hawaii Attorney General, is the commencement speaker. Chin was cast into the national spotlight in March for his challenge of President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, which suspended travel from seven Muslim countries and halted the U.S. refugee program.

Hawaii was the first to sue the U.S. government on the revised travel ban, on the basis that the order would harm its Muslim population, tourism, and foreign students.  As a result, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the executive order after hearing arguments it discriminates on the basis of nationality. In late March, the judge extended the restraining order on the travel ban.

“I am happy to go to the University of Guam to share my experiences and to encourage UOG Tritons to prepare for the challenges they will face,” said Chin. “This is a time of uncertainty, but with that comes opportunity. I look forward to speaking with the graduates who will be working to make positive change in the coming years.”

Attendance to the UOG commencement ceremony is by ticket only. Graduating students are encouraged to pick up their tickets at the Admissions Office and to call 735-2214 for more information.

For more on the University of Guam spring commencement ceremony, visit www.uog.edu/spring-2017-commencement.

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