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Profiles in Persistence: Nurta Hade ’21

Nurta Hade graduated from USM this spring with a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences degree with a concentration in social work — the first in her family to get a four-year degree.
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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.
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Profiles in Persistence: Raul Gierbolini ’21

When Raul Gierbolini graduates this spring with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, he’ll also be six classes into a graduate degree in Public Health. It’s an unusual situation, but for Gierbolini, who spent the past year thinking about the plight of public health, it’s the perfect path.
A photo of USM graduate Mary Swanson

Profiles in Persistence: Mary Swanson ’21

For Mary Swanson '21, the path to USM was a winding one.
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Profiles in Persistence: Jennifer Yazwinski ’21

This spring, Jennifer Yazwinski's struggles will pay off when she graduates with her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.
Peter Paolucci '21 stands in front of the art building at USM.

Profiles in Persistence: Peter Paolucci '21

Peter Paolucci '21, who is upfront about being on the autism spectrum, sometimes struggles to talk with people. That isn’t a problem with his artwork.
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Profiles in Persistence: Graham Botto ’21

This spring, Graham Botto ’21 will graduate from USM with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. His goal: Help implement the mental health changes he wanted to see for so long.
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.
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USM Extends $230,000 in Merit Scholarships at 75th Annual Maine State Science Fair

At the 75th annual Maine State Science Fair, held virtually on Saturday, April 3, the University of Southern Maine (USM) extended nearly a quarter-million dollars in merit-based scholarship offers to 10 Maine high school juniors for their passionate pursuit of science-based solutions for real problems facing their local communities.
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Campus Construction Update (April 12, 2021)

For anyone quartered on USM’s Portland Campus who longed for an unobstructed view of Durham Street, these must be happy days.