GORHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Senator Susan Collins imparted a bit of wisdom on the University of Southern Maine class of 2013 Saturday.

About a thousand graduates received diplomas from USM in two separate ceremonies Saturday. The university had to split commencement because it could not use the civic center due to the ongoing renovations there. In her address, Collins advised the graduates to work hard to find happiness in their lives and careers. She warned them that they would undoubtedly face adversity, pointing to her own unsuccessful campaign for governor in 1994. But Collins says she is glad she continued to pursue a career serving the people of Maine, and she urged the graduates to stay in this state and apply their talents here.

"We cannot continue to export our greatest asset, our educated young people," Collins said. "Please stay here and help to build an even better Maine. Our state needs you."

Four of Saturday's USM's graduates were interns in Senator Collins' office.

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