The University of Southern Maine’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs is planning a community celebration to recognize the academic achievements of nearly 100 graduating multicultural and international students at 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 6, at Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, Portland.
The event is free and open to the public, and a reception with light refreshments will follow.
This year’s ceremony will include graduates from the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine School of Law.
Some of the graduates include Yin (Anna) Chiu, this year’s USM Student Commencement Speaker; Fatoumata Issifi Hidjo, whose story of courage in overcoming cultural barriers is a source of inspiration; and Aban Zirikly, a well-known Syrian traditional musician, who will receive his B.A. in music as a non-traditional student. Other graduates include Maha Jabar, a Palestinian-American and former member of the Seeds of Peace program; Mohamed Yusuf Mohamed, whose activism and interest in international politics and human rights issues has gained him an internship at the United Nations offices in Geneva and at the European Union Parliament; and Marpheen Chann and Bryan Noyes, who have received community-wide attention for their leadership in the #USMFuture movement in recent weeks.
The celebration will include multicultural performances. USM President Theodora J. Kalikow will attend.
The USM Office of Multicultural Student Affairs offers support and co-curricular services to the almost 400 multicultural students studying at USM’s three campuses.