University of Southern Maine graduates 1400 students in heartfelt ceremony
The University of Southern Maine celebrated its 138th Commencement with more than 1,400 students earning degrees amid praise for their hard work and challenges to shape their futures.
Replay: 'The USM Update,' May 1, 2018
In the season finale of "The USM Update" for the 2017-2018 academic year, USM President Glenn Cummings welcomes guests from some of the University's better-known departments, including the University's acclaimed Department of Linguistics and its Office of Sustainability. In addition, we feature three graduates who will take the stage at Commencement this month.
Hana McNally, 2018 Featured Graduate
After graduation, Hana McNally hopes to work with children on the autism spectrum. She began the work as an intern in a South Portland school. "I think they show love in ways that we don’t always think of. I know this is cliche, but they teach me something every day. It’s about making every moment teachable and I love that.”
Thomas Henley, 2018 Featured Graduate
“I’ve loved math and science since i was a really little kid," said Thomas Henley, a 2018 Featured Graduate.. As soon as I learned what engineering was, I knew that was for me. It’s math and science but with more hands-on experience.”
Melissa Cunningham, 2018 Featured Graduate
As a student, Melissa Cunningham cared for people who are poor, homeless, dealing with addiction or coping with mental illness. Through the University of Southern Maine, she worked on a Bayside homeless project and spent a summer in an internship at Preble Street.
Bryan Waring, 2018 Featured Graduate
During his time at the University of Southern Maine, Bryan Waring had the chance to spend summers working with professional movie scorers in San Diego, California and Glasgow, Scotland. However, his work in the unique, 2017 USM production of “Molded By the Flow,” that most stands out.
Stacey Henson-Drake, 2018 Featured Graduate
“I feel as though USM has done an amazing job at offering opportunities to students that will help pave the way to a successful career after graduation,” said Stacey Henson-Drake, a 2018 featured graduate.
Katie Tomer, 2018 Featured Graduate
Katie Tomer, a Native American, has worked for three years with Maine-Wabanaki REACH to go into the state’s prisons. She has facilitated healing circles for over 60 inmates.
Tiia Kand, 2018 Featured Graduate
Kand has made the most of her time at USM. She competed as a three-season athlete in Track & Field and Soccer, served as a resident assistant on the Gorham Campus, worked various off-campus jobs and concluded her work as a Mitchell Institute Scholar.
Jennifer "Niffy" Allen and Ian Allen, 2018 Featured Graduates
Mother and son graduates Jennifer "Niffy" Allen and Ian Allen plan to march together during the 2018 Commencement Ceremony.