Hundreds of new Guam John F. Kennedy High grads head for college and careers after ceremony

Hundreds of newly minted graduates are on their way to the worlds of work and higher education after a colorful ceremony in the parking lot of the Tamuning, Guam school as thousands of family, relatives and friends looked on. In all, 342 graduating seniors picked up diplomas and certificates attesting to what they had learned in the course of their education.

The program honored the top graduates, based on academic performance, extra-curricular activities and other aspects of their personal lives. The 2017 Islander class valedictorian was Jong Inn Ho Park; the salutatorian, Dianne T. De Leon.

University of Guam President Robert Underwood presented 50 UOG merit scholarships. He said that in recent years, most of UOG's entering freshmen have come from JFK. Underwood is a 1965 graduate of JFK High and noted that graduation contrasted with this one.

"We graduated in gowns that were made of paper, imagine that. And we graduated in a building across the street from Adelup, so there was no celebration here on campus, but I want to congratulate you for continuing that tradition of having your celebration, connected to your building,connected to your campus, c