Office of the President


Monthly Missive, July 2021

In the last month, U.S. News & World Report declared Portland, Maine, one of the top-10 most-livable cities in America. Its vibrant commercial sector, historic Old Port, and active cultural life among a host of additional assets certainly provide strong validation of the ranking. Of course, everything that makes Portland so desirable, in turn, makes housing scarce and expensive.
A photo of USM's Portland Campus at sunset

U.S. News names Portland a best place to live in America

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Portland, Maine, the eighth-best place to live among the 150 most populous cities in the U.S., the safest place to live in the country, the ninth-best place to live for quality of life, and the 33rd best place to retire.

USM announces Spring 2021 Dean's List

In all, 1,600 students have received the distinction, a marker of academic excellence and high achievement. Dean's List students hail from across Maine and the nation — 23 states and the District of Columbia are represented in this semester's list, as are six countries.

Monthly Missive, June 2021

Our additional day off on Thursday, July 2, provides a welcome opportunity to reflect on the challenges we have overcome, the sacrifices we have made, and the courage and commitment our students, faculty, and staff have demonstrated in the face of unprecedented challenges.

Monthly Missive, May 2021

Welcome to this first monthly Missive as the university enters its summer phase. Summer, however, no longer implies leisurely weeks for our staff, students, or faculty. Our first summer session is in full swing and the University is actively preparing to welcome one of our most geographically and ethnically diverse — and academically strong — classes in USM history this fall.

Monday Missive (May 3, 2021)

At 9 a.m. this coming Saturday, more than 1,600 Husky scholars will receive acknowledgment of a personal triumph in USM’s virtual Commencement celebration. Their degrees also signal a collective achievement for America, and a highly personal validation of what hard work, curiosity, perseverance, teamwork, and a commitment to learn will mean to their self-confidence and their ability to serve the world.

Monday Missive (April 26, 2021)

Our national award-winning food waste and recycling programs, our forthcoming passive-house residence building (designed to be among the largest in American higher education), our tight linkage to public transport, and our excellent student-led Eco-Rep program all signal our strengthening commitment to a more sustainable world.
A photo of Ibram X. Kendi

USM to observe 141st Commencement with virtual celebration

The University of Southern Maine will observe its 141st Commencement with a virtual celebration, featuring a keynote address by best-selling author and national anti-racism thought leader Ibram X. Kendi and a senior address by Human Biology major Grace Muheto of Portland.
portrait of Grace Muheto '21

Grace Muheto ’21 to give student address in 2021 Virtual Commencement

Grace Muheto ‘21 hopes to shock her friends when the University of Southern Maine’s 2021 Virtual Commencement is presented on the morning of May 8th. The shy young woman, who once quaked when she had to speak in front of her classes, will take the podium during the celebration and deliver the student address.
A photo of Glenn Cummings applauding a USM School of Nursing student for a vaccine well delivered.

USM School of Nursing student gives President Cummings his best shot

March 26, 2021, was a long-awaited and exciting day for USM President Glenn Cummings as he received the first of his two COVID-19 vaccines at the Northern Light Health clinic in South Portland.