Award-winning journalist David Brancaccio to deliver 2017 Commencement Address at USM

The University of Southern Maine is pleased to announce that award-winning journalist David Brancaccio will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Honorary degrees will be conferred upon both Brancaccio and Mary L. Bonauto, who successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in the historic case Obergefell v. Hodges, establishing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide.

USM celebrates 136th Commencement with address by Maine statesman George Mitchell

The University of Southern Maine celebrated its 136th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday with approximately 950 graduate and undergraduate students marching across the Cross Insurance Arena stage following remarks by Maine statesman George Mitchell.

Peyton Dostie: overcoming the hurdles of the life of a student-athlete

Anyone who speaks with Dostie can recognize that she exudes a modesty most wouldn't expect from an NCAA national champion, let alone a college student. But she is also in control: on the field, on the track and, most importantly, in the classroom.

James M. Brown: singing in the stratosphere and loving it

James M. Brown occupies a unique niche in the world of classical music, and describes how he discovered his voice, how he's developed it at USM's School of Music, and where it might take him next.

Holly Fleming: perseverance and pride

Eleven-year-old Frances lit up when she heard the U.S. Senator utter her mother's word, "perseverance" at the USM Veterans Graduation Recognition Ceremony. "Frances has been the one person who's been there to watch me," said Holly Fleming, who served in the Air Force, and after persevering through many trials will earn her degree in social and behavioral sciences as a non-traditional student.

Courtney Bosse and Azia Gilbert: fighting hunger and food insecurity one meal at a time

Courtney Bosse of and Azia Gilbert have a passion for helping others. And it shows. But the creators of the Husky Hunger Initiative couldn't have grown the program so quickly without teamwork, support and inspiration from their educators.

Sen. Collins praises graduating veterans for ‘determination and excellence’

The University of Southern Maine celebrated its graduating veterans May 5 with a medal ceremony and a keynote speech by Sen. Susan Collins.

Karen and Kathryn Oak: hand in hand, a mother and daughter march in commencement together

After pursuing a bachelor's degree for more than two decades, Kathryn Oak figured the fuss and frenzy of commencement might overwhelm her. However, when the 48-year-old mom marches into Portland's Cross Insurance Arena on May 14 to receive her diploma, she won't be alone. Her mother, Karen Oak, 71, will be at her side. The pair will be sharing the event, each dressed in their caps and gowns. And they will likely be holding hands.

Camden Ege: Getting involved and creating understanding

U.S. Air Force veteran Camden Ege, 27, expanded USM's "Green Zone" training for students, faculty and staff. The program nurtures understanding for veterans on our campuses.

Additional Commencement-related Ceremonies

Several ceremonies are taking place prior to USM's 2016 Commencement, including the Multicultural Graduation Ceremony on May 3, the Lavender Graduation Ceremony on May 4, the Veterans Graduation Recognition Ceremony on May 5, and the Nurse Pinning Ceremony on May 13.