USM graduates nearly 900 on Saturday

Posted May 17, 2009, at 10:06 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Ellen Goodman is urging graduates from the University of Southern Maine to learn resilience from life’s mistakes.

Goodman spoke Saturday to the nearly 900 graduates and their guests at the University of Southern Maine’s 129th commencement at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland.

Goodman also received an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters.

Goodman told the graduates that satisfaction at every stage of life depends on how you keep composing and recomposing your life.

She also urged the graduates to remember family and friends who helped them achieve their goals.