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Pride Parade Emphasizes Authenticity, Advocacy in Return from Hiatus

About 40 members of the USM community marched in the 2022 Pride Portland! parade in a return to form after the event was postponed for two years by the COVID-19 pandemic.

USM and Gorham Savings Bank Partner for Promise Scholars

In a collaboration between USM and Gorham Savings Bank, the Promise Scholarship Program provides paid internship opportunities for underserved students.

Broadway Star Shares Tony Moment with Music School Lecturer

USM's Ed Reichert was 20 years ahead of the Tony Awards in recognizing Robyn Hurder's star quality.

Husky Ruck Walks the Walk of Honoring Fallen Service Members

Veterans Services staff led a group of walkers on a four-mile route around Portland's Back Cove with five stops along the way to honor members of the USM community who died during active military duty.

Model UN Exposes Delegates to a New World of Possibilities

Regulating cryptocurrencies, protecting pollinators, and repatriating cultural objects to their countries of origin were some of the topics that delegates debated at the Maine Model United Nations Conference.
Portrait of Dr. Edmondson

Jacqueline Edmondson named 14th President of the University of Southern Maine

Edmondson comes to USM from Penn State, which enrolls nearly 90,000 students, where she was a tenured full professor in the College of Education, and most recently led a regional campus, where she added eight degree programs to meet local workforce needs and colleagues described her as “our champion every day.” She will live on USM’s Gorham campus.
Wide photo of graduates and commencement stage

USM celebrates 142nd Commencement with return to in-person celebration

The University of Southern Maine celebrated its 142nd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 7th with more than 900 graduate and undergraduate students marching across the Cross Insurance Arena stage, marking the university’s first in-person commencement in three years.

Graduate Spotlight '22: Samantha Donley

Social Work classes were a fully-body workout for Samantha Donley as she typed notes with her hands while rocking her infant son to sleep with her foot.

Graduate Spotlight '22: Jackie Luckhardt

Neither an ACL tear nor the COVID-19 pandemic could stop Jackie Luckhardt from compiling some of the most impressive statistics in the history of the Women's Basketball program.

Graduate Spotlight '22: Prudent Ndihokubwayo

Prudent Ndihokubwayo pulled double-duty to earn his English degree, working five days a week for USM Custodial Services while attending classes on his time off.