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University of Southern Maine Announces 2013 Student Commencement Speakers

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Noah HurowitzNoah Hurowitz and Roya Hejabian have been named student commencement speakers at the 133rd University of Southern Maine’s Commencement ceremonies, scheduled for Saturday, May 11 in Gorham.

For the first time, USM will have two ceremonies due to the Cumberland County Civic Center renovation project.

Hurowitz, a resident of Portland originally from Arlington Mass., will be speaking to the USM community at the 9 a.m. morning ceremony and Hejabian, a Cape Elizabeth resident originally from Tabreez, Iran, will take the stage at the 2 p.m. ceremony. Ceremonies will be in the Costello Sports Complex, on the Gorham campus.

Hurowitz is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in Spanish. He transferred to USM in 2010 after attending Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, Mass. He was a staff writer and the news editor at USM’s student newspaper, The Free Press. Among his involvement with off-campus organizations, he served on the Youth Steering Committee of the Massachusetts District Bay Unitarian Universalist Association and worked as an anti-racism trainer with the Groundwork Collective.

Hurowitz spent the 2012 fall semester in Peru studying indigenous identity, globalization and collective memory of conflict with the School for International Training. He is currently a news assistant at The Forecaster and hopes to pursue a career in journalism.

Hejabian is graduating with a master’s degree in social work. She came to USM in 2003, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology after attending the Bahai Institute for Higher Education in Iran and Southern Maine Community College, where she earned her associate’s degree in early childhood education. 

While attending USM, Hejabian was involved with the Campus Baha'i Association and USM’s Office of Religious & Spiritual Life. After graduation, she is considering doctoral studies in social justice focusing on human rights.

A committee of faculty, staff, and students chooses USM’s student commencement speakers each year through a competitive process. 

Roya Hejabian