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Photo of students walking across stage at The University of Southern Maine's 2016 Commencement
The University of Southern Maine celebrated its 136th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday with approximately 950 graduate and undergraduate students marching across the Cross Insurance Arena stage following remarks by Maine statesman George Mitchell.
Peyton Dostie
Anyone who speaks with Dostie can recognize that she exudes a modesty most wouldn't expect from an NCAA national champion, let alone a college student. But she is also in control: on the field, on the track and, most importantly, in the classroom.
James M. Brown
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.
Holly Fleming
Eleven-year-old Frances lit up when she heard the U.S. Senator utter her mother's word, "perseverance" at the USM Veterans Graduation Recognition Ceremony. "Frances has been the one person who's been there to watch me," said Holly Fleming, who served in the Air Force, and after persevering through many trials will earn her degree in social and behavioral sciences as a non-traditional student.
Photo of Graduating Seniors Courtney Bosse and Azia Gilbert holding a Husky Hunger Initiative donation jar
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.
The University of Southern Maine celebrated its graduating veterans May 5 with a medal ceremony and a keynote speech by Sen. Susan Collins.
Portrait of Kathryn and Karen Oak
After pursuing a bachelor's degree for more than two decades, Kathryn Oak figured the fuss and frenzy of commencement might overwhelm her. However, when the 48-year-old mom marches into Portland's Cross Insurance Arena on May 14 to receive her diploma, she won't be alone. Her mother, Karen Oak, 71, will be at her side. The pair will be sharing the event, each dressed in their caps and gowns. And they will likely be holding hands.
portrait of Camden Ege
U.S. Air Force veteran Camden Ege, 27, expanded USM's "Green Zone" training for students, faculty and staff. The program nurtures understanding for veterans on our campuses.
USM Multicultural Graduation Ceremony - 2014
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.
2016 Commencement Student Speaker Melissa Bell
Economics student Melissa Bell will be USM's Student Speaker at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony on May 14.

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