As requested by Gov. Mills, the University of Maine System will ensure the cost of college is not a barrier for those directly impacted by the tragedy by providing free tuition and establishing a fund to support other postsecondary educational expenses.
“Over the past few days we learned that we lost friends and family directly connected to our university,” President Jacqueline Edmondson said. “Our community mourns with everyone who is impacted. And I wish to personally extend my sincere condolences to all of you.”
The hour-long event began with a procession of faculty and administrators in Hannaford Hall on the Portland Campus, included remarks from several colleagues and culminated with a presidential address. It was followed by a short speech from award-winning actor and USM alumnus Tony Shalhoub ‘77.
A new partnership between the University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College aims to strengthen the busy route from the community college to the university with new agreements and a chance for a limited number of USM-bound SMCC students to live in the soon-to-open Portland Commons dormitory.