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Yanina Nickless named Student Speaker for USM's 2019 Commencement
Yanina Nickless, who will be graduating with her degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics, will speak at this year's Commencement Ceremony, sharing the story of how she came to USM from her home country of Ukraine.
USM alumnus Micky Collins '91 to receive honorary degree at 2019 Commencement
An internationally renowned expert in sports-related concussion, Michael "Micky" Collins, Ph.D., will be receiving an honorary degree at the University of Southern Maine's 2019 Commencement ceremony. Dr. Collins graduated from USM in 1991 with his bachelor's degree in psychology and biology.
Ci2 Lab helps students to "grow exponentially" -- 2nd annual student showcase
On April 2, the University of Southern Maine Corporate Partners presented the second annual “Look what I Made” student showcase. The event took place at the University of Southern Maine Ci2 Lab on the Portland Campus, an experiential work lab focused on research and learning.
For these graduates, Commencement is a family affair
Jennifer Mull-Brooks, a long-time student of USM and assistant principal of Westbrook High School, will earn her second master's degree in May, and she'll graduate with her daughter, her son and his fiancée.
USM’s Muskie School of Public Service launches free workplace violence prevention training
The University of Southern Maine, in collaboration with Maine Small Business Development Centers, has launched a free online program to train small business retail workers in preventing and responding to violence.
Weekly Event Highlights
Here is a selection of the many events happening on USM's Portland, Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn campuses for the week, April 25 - May 2, 2019.
Jarvis Thanex Louis, 2019 Featured Graduate
Jarvis Thanex Louis spoke no English when he left his home of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in the months that followed the 2010 earthquake. Maine and the University of Southern Maine became his place to start over away from the reminders of the tragedy. "In Haiti, every day you saw something that reminded you of what happened: you lost all of your friends; you lost family members."In Maine, he found peace. He learned English with the help of library staff — "They are my favorite people at USM," he says — and the farmer's son began taking classes in Environmental Science.
USM Commencement 2019 — Affiliated ceremonies and events
Leading up to the University of Southern Maine 2019 Commencement, many departments are busy with special events celebrating the accomplishments of their graduating students in a more intimate setting.
Alumna's employer nets $400,000 investment on 'Shark Tank'
Analies Ross-Dyjak, who graduated from USM in 2017, is part of Hydroviv, a growing company that builds and sells individually-optimized drinking water filters. Earlier this month, the start-up secured a $400,000 investment on ABC's popular television show "Shark Tank."
Claire M. Owens, 2019 Featured Graduate
Claire Owens can finally pull down the reminder to complete college that hung on her pantry door in Westbrook. After years of study — often shared with her 16-year-old daughter, Marie Claire — Owens has earned her bachelor's degree. "She and I did our homework together every night," Owens said. "It was really fun to be in a place, like her, to challenge myself to do the best that I could."