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All-day long, the University of Guam welcomed the public to celebrate Charter Day. This year marks the 51st anniversary of UOG's charter. Crowds of current and former Tritons made their way to the Mangilao campus to partake in food, dance, and even a CHamoru language competition.

Para Hulo'- ever upward, was the theme for the University of Guam's 51st Charter Day Celebration.

Among a long list of festivities, a CHamoru language competition was held inside the UOG Calvo Field House, featuring students from Guam's public and private schools. "Charter Day brings so many people together, on campus or outside, there's a lot of food, booth, both selling things, dances, and competition...it's really very, very special," explained Professor Emeritus Rebecca Stephenson.

 
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She taught anthropology at UOG for 30 years, saying today is a day to celebrate what makes UOG unique. "But somehow Guam is extra special because of the multicultural nature of our student body," she added.

A walk around the heart of UOG's campus, you'll spot a number of student organizations who set up booths and participated in cultural dances including students from the Republic of Palau Student Organization.

"It's good to see all the hard work coming through that's what Charter Day is to me show diversity, show your culture...represent who you are as a person," said one such student, Reklson.

It's diversity that extends across different majors. One group of sociology students planning a trip to Bali next week, explains what UOG's Charter Day means to them. Richille Uncangco, majoring in social work minor in sociology, told KUAM News, "You see unity regardless of all the programs, and all of the degrees, and all the schools, and colleges...somehow we come together as a community, regardless of where you come from or your background we come here with a sense of purpose."

"Charter Day to me is very important because it's about our university. We're so lucky to be the only four year here in Micronesia and for that I'm so grateful for this education and give back to my people here," said Amber Uncangco.

And Heather Garrido, a sociology major and math minor, said, "It really just represents how far the University of Guam has come."

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