USM celebrates 137th Commencement with address by award-winning journalist David Brancaccio
The University of Southern Maine celebrated its 137th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday with more than 900 graduate and undergraduate students marching across the Cross Insurance Arena stage following remarks by award-winning journalist David Brancaccio.
Tonya Bailey-Curry, 2017 Featured Graduate
Even as her children attended college, Tonya Bailey-Curry worked toward her own degrees, graduating from Central Maine Community College before coming to USM. She earned her undergraduate degree in social work at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College before earning her Master of Social Work on the Portland Campus.
Abdalla Hassan, 2017 Featured Graduate
In his senior year, Abdalla Hassan was selected as the Disability Services Center's Undergraduate Social Work Intern. The former vice-president of the USM Multicultural Center, Hassan organized efforts in 2015 to help several USM students to attend the annual Care National Conference.
Hannah Binger and Molly Stevens, 2017 Featured Graduates
Hannah Binger and Molly Stevens became friends in Kindergarten and continued together through elementary, middle and high school. At USM, the duo studied side by side to earn Bachelor of Social Work degrees.
Catie Peranzi and Hannah Ruhl, 2017 Featured Graduates
After attending schools elsewhere, friends Catie Peranzi and Hannah Ruhl will together earn their graduate degrees, each becoming a Master of Public Health.
Aaron Clarke, 2017 Featured Graduate
Aaron Clarke aided USM Associate Professor and Resident Composer Dan Sonenberg in his opera, "The Summer King," which premiered April 29th in Pittsburgh.
Andrew Kiezulas, 2017 Featured Graduate
In 2016, Andrew Kiezulas helped create the Recovery Oriented Campus Center (ROCC) on USM's Portland Campus, which is building a community of students in recovery from substance use and other mental health conditions.
Lauren Lessard, 2017 Featured Graduate
Lauren Lessard plans to continue her education to help athletes prepare for the U.S. Paralympic Games.
Jessica Labbe, 2017 Featured Graduate
Through her work in the Safe Zone Project, Jessica Labbe has worked to educate and identify members of the USM community who are safe and supportive contacts for LGBTQ students, staff and faculty.
Luke Johnas, 2017 Featured Graduate
Luke Johnas joined an effort by USM's chapter of Engineers Without Borders that journeyed to Villa Nueva, Guatemala. During the week-long trip, Johnas and others installed five solar water heaters for an orphanage.