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NASA image of Mercury passing the sun
Edward Gleason, the manager of USM's Southworth Planetarium, joined Maine Public Radio's Irwin Gratz May 9 to talk about Mercury's trek across the sun.
Photo of a student in cap and gown from the University of Southern Maine's 2015 Commencement ceremony
There are many great stories to be told from the Class of 2016, read about just a few of our featured graduating students, who have made the most out of their time here at USM.
Graduating veteran Gary Johnson with Sen. Susan Collins and USM President Glenn Cummings
The University of Southern Maine celebrated its graduating veterans May 5 with a medal ceremony and a keynote speech by Sen. Susan Collins.
Community Electronic Waste Recycling Day
People in more than 700 cars emptied gadgets and appliances onto the Woodbury Center parking lot for USM's fourth annuall Community Electronic Waste Recycling Day.
A recent feature story in The Forecaster newspaper on Maine's growing Islamic population included interviews with two people from USM: Reza Jalali, a USM coordinator of multicultural student affairs, and Fahmo Ahmed, a Somali student who attends USM's Lewiston-Auburn College.
Portland Press Herald photo
The Portland Press Herald highlighted rising enrollment numbers at USM in a May 4 story. So far, enrollment for fall 2016 increased by 10 percent and out-of-state students jumped 28 percent, wrote reporter Joe Lawlor.
Photo from the 2016 Husky Day of Service
179 USM volunteers donated around a total of 540 hours of their time to 18 community organizations on USM's annual day of giving back.
USM student with a student from Longfellow Elementary School
Longfellow Elementary School fifth-grader Rachel Martin dipped her hand into a net and squealed, "I touched a bug!" A few moments later, she gazed at her wriggling catch, swimming among the dozens captured in Portland's Capisic Brook. The centimeter-long amphipods are a sign that the water quality is poor, explained Renee Dugal, a University of Southern Maine environmental science major.
Commencement photo - 2015
On Saturday, May 14, approximately 950 undergraduate and graduate students will gather for USM's 136th Commencement ceremony, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. Former Senator George Mitchell will deliver the keynote address.
Buoys at the USM Alumni Skwalk
Public artwork created by USM and area students to resemble the flags of their birth countries are now on display inside USM's Alumni Skywalk and in the Portland Jetport. The artwork has been crafted since February, under the direction of artist Natasha Mayers, who served as USM's artist in residence.

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