Adult and Higher Education

2020 Adult and Higher Education graduates serving students and the community

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The Department of Adult and Higher Education congratulates our 2020 graduates, who are celebrating obtaining their Master's in Adult and Higher Education. Our new alumni are putting their graduate learning into practice through academic advising, registration services, and community education.

This year the University of Southern Maine (USM) celebrated through an Online Commencement featuring remarks from student speaker Leyla M. Hashi ’20, President Glenn Cummings, Provost Jeannine Uzzi, and USM's 2020 honorary degree recipients.

If you missed the online celebration, you can still watch the video. 

University of Southern Maine Adult and Higher Education graduate Miranda Cox '20

Miranda Cox

Miranda Cox graduates from the University of Southern Maine with a Master’s of Science degree in Adult and Higher Education Administration. She is a Charleston, WV native, and current Neurology Clerkship Coordinator with Virginia Commonwealth University. She has over 15 years of experience working in higher education and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism from Marshall University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Charleston. She is a member of the International Honors Society for Social Sciences, Pi Gamma Mu, and was recently invited to join the Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement as a result of her graduate work with the University of Southern Maine. Following her graduation, she plans to work as an academic advisor working with first generational students and always strives to frame her professional life around one of her favorite quotes from Nelson Mandela - “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  

University of Southern Maine Adult and Higher Education graduate Kate McCarty '20

Kate McCarty

Kate McCarty is a writer and community educator from Monkton, Maryland. She teaches food preservation and manages volunteers for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Falmouth. Kate blogs about Maine food at The Blueberry Files, and has written food and drink features for several alt-weeklies and magazines. She is the co-founder of the Portland Spirits Society, a women’s whiskey appreciation club, and is also the author two books about Maine food and drink. Kate lives in South Portland, Maine, with her husband and their two cats.


University of Southern Maine Adult and Higher Education graduate Caley Presby 2020

Caley Presby

Caley earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern Maine (USM) in 2016 and has worked in the USM Office of Registration & Scheduling Services since 2017. As a born and bred Mainer, Caley is passionate about all that USM and Maine has to offer students across all generations. An avid traveler, Caley has spent years dreaming of all the places she wishes to see. She has crossed off Scotland, Ireland, England, Rome, Amsterdam, Quebec, Montreal, Toronto, Niagara Falls, California, Texas, Louisiana, and various New England states off her list. She is also a dedicated aunt to three dogs, two nieces, and one nephew. She looks forward to the many opportunities that being an alumna of the Adult and Higher Education program will bring.