Acting governor declares March 10 as UOG Charter Day
Members of the University of Guam community gathered at the governor’s complex on Feb. 14 as Acting Gov. Joshua Tenorio signed Proclamation 2020-11 declaring March 10, 2020, as University of Guam Charter Day and March 8–14, 2020, as University of Guam Charter Week.
This Charter Day will mark the 52nd anniversary of the signing of the charter that renamed the Territorial College of Guam to the University of Guam and the 68th anniversary of the founding of the institution.
The theme of this year’s Charter Day is “Local Inspiration, Global Impact.”
“It’s really our showcase day,” said President Thomas W. Krise. “… This is a great opportunity to bring people from across Guam and the Northern Marianas and from the rest of Micronesia to campus to celebrate our charter, the greatness the institution aspires to and has achieved, and the way the university helps solve every single problem we face as a society, so it really is a great celebration.”
Marc Bituin, president of the Student Government Association, read the proclamation, which recognized that UOG has conferred more than 18,450 degrees to date through 15 master’s and 25 bachelor’s programs. Additionally, the university is operating more than 300 grants and contracts totaling $33 million, which is going toward projects to research and solve a broad spectrum of local issues from invasive species to health disparities.
Tenorio specifically highlighted the government’s partnerships with the university’s Center for Island Sustainability in launching the Guam Green Growth initiative to coordinate local efforts of government agencies and nonprofits to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“We continue to see the university as a center of regional excellence,” Tenorio said. “There’s a lot of challenges and opportunities throughout the region, and together in partnership with the various governments and the great minds of the university, I think we can really solve some problems.”
The 52nd Charter Day celebration is an all-day event open to the community, beginning at 9 a.m. on March 10 in the UOG center courtyard. For more information, visit the Charter Day 2020 page.