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Campus Traditions

From Week of Welcome to Winter Carnival to Spring Fling, USM students, faculty, staff, family, and friends come together regularly throughout the year to celebrate the Husky spirit. Some USM traditions are unique to each of our three campuses and some are shared by all, like USM Husky Pride Day — every Friday we break out our Husky gear, wear our blue and gold, and show our school pride. Learn more about USM's Husky mascot.


Welcome Week at USMWeek of Welcome

Welcome to the Husky Pack! This action-packed week of events focuses on energizing the USM community as we welcome everyone back for the new year. USM's Student Activites organizes events ranging from Husky Fest (see below) to outstanding performances that you and your family can enjoy as you become part of this amazing USM community.


Husky Fest at USMHusky Fest

Follow the paws to our annual welcome kick-off party! There's FREE BBQ plus live music and activities — inflatable jousting, an obstacle course, dunk tank, and more. Husky Fest is our largest event and a great way to get connected to the USM community. Campus departments, student organizations, and Southern Maine businesses will all be present to welcome new Huskies to USM!


Family and Friends Weekend at USMUSM Family & Friends Weekend

Don't miss this annual fall happening! Student clubs and organizations participate in a wide variety of activities that showcase the amazing work our students do, including music, theater, visual arts, athletic events, and more. There are always great, family-friendly free events, too. 


Commuter Week at USMCommuter Week (Portland Campus)

This is a week full of events and workshops to help off-campus students connect with each other and learn more about on-campus life at USM. Get to know other commuter students and have a blast! Check out the "digital car show" and don't miss the main event, Commuter Palooza. There will be prizes, giveaways and tons of FREE FOOD!


Late Night at the LibraryLate Night at the Library

You're going to study anyway…it might as well be a party! Late Night at the Library happens each semester, just before finals, when the Glickman (Portland) and Bailey (Gorham) Libraries stay open until 2:00 AM. Students get together to study, use the computers and complete group projects. Student Life provides the stress relief: snacks, games, music, lots of coffee, and (a big favorite) free massages! 


USM Winter CarnivalWinter Carnival

Perfectly timed to shake off the winter blues, Winter Carnival is a whole week of events and entertainment that help students warm up to spring! The Carnival kicks off with the annual "Fire & Ice" dinner at Brooks Student Center, and includes other Husky happenings like the bonfire, T-shirt decorating, and open-mic night. 


USM's Annual Day of ServiceHusky Day of Service

Each spring Community Engagement and Career Development hosts one of the biggest, most inspiring events of the year when students, staff, and faculty come together to give back to the amazing Southern Maine community. Students sign up to work on a wide variety of volunteer service projects that benefit people and organizations in our region. Free transportation, free food and free T-shirt! 


USM's Spring FlingSpring Fling (Gorham Campus)

Spring in Maine is always a cause for celebration! Welcome the new season in style with this jam-packed week of events and outdoor festivities, including a movie on the lawn and not-to-be-missed volleyball games on the outdoor courts.


Senior Week includes bowling!Senior Week

USM Night at the Sea Dogs, party at the President's house, bowling night, pizza in the Old Port, and a Casco Bay Lines cruise — we really pack in the festivities during Senior Week! This series of events for the graduating class is a great way to celebrate all that you've achieved...and all that's ahead of you! 


Husky Pride Days at USMHusky Pride Day

Every Friday, USM students, faculty, staff, and administrators break out their Husky gear, wear their blue and gold, and show their school pride.