Award-winning journalist David Brancaccio to deliver 2017 Commencement Address at USM

The University of Southern Maine is pleased to announce that award-winning journalist David Brancaccio will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Honorary degrees will be conferred upon both Brancaccio and Mary L. Bonauto, who successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in the historic case Obergefell v. Hodges, establishing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide.

James M. Brown: singing in the stratosphere and loving it

James M. Brown occupies a unique niche in the world of classical music, and describes how he discovered his voice, how he's developed it at USM's School of Music, and where it might take him next.

Courtney Bosse and Azia Gilbert: fighting hunger and food insecurity one meal at a time

Courtney Bosse of and Azia Gilbert have a passion for helping others. And it shows. But the creators of the Husky Hunger Initiative couldn't have grown the program so quickly without teamwork, support and inspiration from their educators.

Additional Commencement-related Ceremonies

Several ceremonies are taking place prior to USM's 2016 Commencement, including the Multicultural Graduation Ceremony on May 3, the Lavender Graduation Ceremony on May 4, the Veterans Graduation Recognition Ceremony on May 5, and the Nurse Pinning Ceremony on May 13.

Melissa Bell named 2016 Commencement Student Speaker

Economics student Melissa Bell will be USM's Student Speaker at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony on May 14.

Featured Graduating Student: Alyssa Withee

From the first day Alyssa Withee stepped on campus, the Political Science major and Women and Gender Studies minor committed herself to diligent work and preparation to assure her dreams become a reality.