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Regan Thibodeau on '207'

USM graduate, first Deaf Mainer to earn Ph.D., appears on '207'

Regan Thibodeau of Falmouth, the first Deaf person from Maine to earn a Ph.D., recently appeared on News Center Maine’s “207” program to describe her experience.
2019 Student Speaker Yanina Nickless

2019 Student Speaker Yanina Nickless delivers powerful speech to a crowd of thousands at Commencement

Yanina Nickless, the University of Southern Maine's 2019 Student Speaker, delivered her inspirational speech to a packed crowd of thousands at Commencement. She graduated this May with her degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics, completing a journey that began in her home country of Ukraine.
Image of graduates from 2019 Commencement

USM celebrates 139th Commencement Ceremony

The University of Southern Maine celebrated its 139th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday with more than 900 graduate and undergraduate students marching across the Cross Insurance Arena stage following remarks by Maine Governor Janet Mills.
Portrait of Sam Matey from The Forecaster

Sam Matey '19 featured by The Forecaster

The Forecaster newspapers has featured Class of 2019 graduate Sam Matey, who earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science at 18 years old. In the story by reporter Jane Vaughn, Matey talked about his choice of USM, his care for the environment and plans to journey to Madagascar, where he’ll work with researchers studying the lemur population.
"Pay it Forward logo

USM Class of 2019 launches student emergency fund with successful “Pay It Forward’ Campaign

The University of Southern Maine’s Class of 2019 raised thousands of dollars to create a new emergency fund meant to help students who face sudden, unanticipated expenses that threaten to derail them from school. The inaugural “Pay It Forward” Challenge was an extraordinary success.
Zoe Grant, 2019 USM grad and Cherry Blossom Princess

Zoe Grant '19 wins national honor as Cherry Blossom Princess

In addition to her many accomplishments as a graduating senior, and competitive snowboarder, Zoe Grant wrapped up her semester and her career at the University of Southern Maine with a national honor, being one of the nation’s Cherry Blossom Princesses.
USM Update taping May 2019

Replay: 'The USM Update,' May 2019

In the Season 3 finale of "The USM Update," USM Provost Jeannine Uzzi welcomes guests from across the university to discuss new studies and a new degree in Leadership, excellence in athletics and, with some of our graduating students, life during and after their time at USM.
Portrait of Saigelyn Green

Saigelyn Green, 2019 Featured Graduate

Saigelyn Green knew she wanted to enroll at USM when she saw the water tower atop USM’s Gorham campus. For four years of singing and study — earning magna cum laude honors on her bachelor’s degree in Music Education — the Derby, Vermont native made USM her home, she said.
Portrait of Ezra Merriman Briggs

Ezra Merriman Briggs, Featured 2019 graduate

Ezra Merriman Briggs came to USM from the tiny Down East town of Lubec, Maine. “I was homeschooled and this was my first time coming into a formal educational setting,” Briggs said. “It was also my first time living in close proximity to a lot of other people.” He excelled, earning magna cum laude honors with his bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
Portrait of Kimberly Howrigan

Kimberly Howrigan, 2019 Featured Graduate

Kimberly Howrigan of Fairfield, Vermont spent USM years creating an impressive resume as a scholar and an athlete. She will graduate with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She earned magna cum laude honors for her academics. She served as the captain of the women's basketball team and president of the USM Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which earned national honors for efforts in the community, including working with athletes from the Maine Special Olympics.

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