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USM 2016 Commencement features speaker George Mitchell, student speaker Melissa Bell and honorary degree recipient Meredith H. Jones

On Saturday, May 14, approximately 950 undergraduate and graduate students will gather for USM's 136th Commencement ceremony, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. Former Senator George Mitchell will deliver the keynote address.

Lobster buoys/flags painted by USM and area students installed on Portland campus and at the Portland Jetport

Public artwork created by USM and area students to resemble the flags of their birth countries are now on display inside USM's Alumni Skywalk and in the Portland Jetport. The artwork has been crafted since February, under the direction of artist Natasha Mayers, who served as USM's artist in residence.

Media studies students to present service learning showcase on April 28

Graduating seniors from USM's Media Studies Program will be presenting a showcase of their projects local non-profit groups on Thursday, April 28. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Talbot Auditorium in the Portland Campus' Luther Bonney Hall.

USM's School of Music's performance of "The Coronation of Poppea" reviewed by the Press Herald

The opera follows tradition at the time, and includes two countertenors (one of whom plays a woman) and a soprano (who plays a man), among the colorful characters portrayed.

Melissa Bell selected to be the featured student speaker at USM's 2016 Commencement

Melissa Bell, a graduating student in Economics and English will be the featured student speaker at USM's 2016 Commencement. Bell is a highly engaged student in activities ranging from competitive sports to educating schoolchildren to being a passionate advocate for economic justice and women’s leadership.

Muskie legacy remembered by Sen. Angus King and environmental leaders on Earth Day 2016

On April 22nd — on the 46th anniversary of the first Earth Day — environmental leaders including Maine Sen. Angus King praised the clean air and water legacy left by the late Edmund Muskie.

Entry Year Experience Program empowers USM students as they adjust to the ambiguity of college learning

In USM's innovative Entry Year Experience (EYE) program, students learn problem solving skills and are prepared to read, write and think critically at a college level, all while being empowered to engage in their community.

At Thinking Matters, students work with faculty mentors to create work that matters, says Rebecca Nisetich in Portland Press Herald op-ed

The piece comes in advance of Thinking Matters 2016, USM's annual student research symposium. Nisetich, director of the Honors Program, took the opportunity to describe the benefits of engaged within the community and strong faculty mentorships.

USM's Maine Policy Scholar investigating challenges to asylum seekers

Elizabeth Wilson, a history and political science double major, was selected as the 2016-2017 Maine Policy Scholar from USM.

Pulitzer winner Ralph Blumenthal speaks with USM students about investigative journalism

Investigative reporters need more than an ability to craft well-researched, well-written news stories, Pulitzer winner Ralph Blumenthal told USM communication and media studies students. They need nerve, too.