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Collins Offers USM Graduates Antidote to Incivility

U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins told University of Southern Maine graduates that, “A combination of joy, gratitude, hard work and resilience is more than a formula for personal success. It also is the best antidote I know to the rampant incivility that invades and poisons our society.”

Collins was the keynote speaker at USM’s morning ceremony, held Saturday, May 11, in the USM Field House, Gorham before more than 500 graduates and more than 4,000 guests.

“As we develop these positive qualities in ourselves,” said Collins, “let us recognize and encourage them in others, including those with whom we disagree. We all must do our part to elevate the tone, and respect one another as part of our greater community.”

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