On Saturday morning, May 14th, nearly 1000 USM graduates received their diplomas at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Communication and media studies majors represented over 10% of USM's graduating class of 2011.
Two graduating communication majors appeared onstage during the ceremony. Ashley Willems-Phaneuf, in her last official act as outgoing Student Body President, introduced student commencement speaker Serena Gosbee. Prior to commencement, Gosbee had also received the Outstanding Student in Communication Award.
"Today, I’ll be thinking back on all of the support that I’ve felt myself in approaching this day even as I pay forward an effort for each of my fellow students," Gosbee said. "I’ll be remembering the smiles of encouragement, the hands that reached out to guide me forward and the extra efforts that were made to help me reach this commencement stage today."
Linda Greenlaw, the swordfishing captain featured in the book and movie The Perfect Storm, delivered the commencement address. "Your education can never be wasted," she told the graduates. "It becomes you, it cannot be taken away." Speaking as the only female swordfishing captain on the east coast, Greenlaw also reminded the class of 2011 that they could do and be anything they want to, despite the “man-made barriers of race, religion, gender and sexual preference”.
Congratulations to Willems-Phaneuf, Gosbee, and all 100+ communication and media studies graduates of 2011! We in the CMS department recognize and appreciate your hard work and dedication during the past several years, and we wish you all the best of luck!