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THE University of Cebu (UC) will confer today an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Guam Chief Justice Robert J. Torres Jr.

A Mass will be held at 8 a.m., followed by conferment rites at 9 a.m. at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) in Mandaue City. The reception will be at noon at the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu.

UC president Augusto Go will award the diploma. Dr. Amelia Biglete, Regional director of the Commission on Higher Education in Central Visayas, will officiate the awarding of the degree. Justice Regino Hermosisima Jr., UC chairman of the Board of Trustees, will read and present the citation. Hermosisima will do the hooding and capping together with UC Chancellor Candice Gotianuy.

The Honorable Robert J. Torres Jr., born and raised in Guam, was appointed by Guam Gov. Felix Camacho as one of the three justices on the highest appellate court on April 17, 2003. The 27th Guam Legislature unanimously confirmed his nomination on Sept. 18, 2003.

Chief Justice Torres was sworn in on Jan. 16, 2004 as the seventh full time Justice in the history of the Supreme Court of Guam and was installed as Chief Justice on Jan. 15, 2008.