September 22nd • 3pm-5pm • UMA Campus Green

Academic Theme: Truth

2017/18 Academic Theme: Truth

In academia, convocation is the event officially welcoming students to their academic career. It is intended also to convey to students the importance of their educational work and to show the school’s commitment to support students as they pursue their education.

At UMA, Convocation marks the beginning of a new academic year, and with that, a new academic theme.  The UMA Colloquium is pleased to announce that the 2017-2018 academic theme is truth. This year presents a significant opportunity to explore and discuss the ways we define and deploy truth, while asking important questions about the nature and essence of Truth.  Part of this year’s academic theme includes the adoption of a single theme-related book by a number of classes across the curriculum: Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction, by Jennifer Nagel.

Rising Scholars

Rising Scholars are also recognized at Convocation for both academic achievement and promise.  Students are nominated because they have excelled in academics, engaged in the UMA community, or are someone who faculty/staff believe shows great potential and promise as student scholars.

Convocation RSVP

Convocation Program

Processional

Welcome

Dr. Rebecca Wyke
President

Academic Recognition

Dr. Joseph Szakas
Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost

Rising Scholar Introductions

Distinguished Educator Award
Charles Grunder
Professor of Psychology

Distinguished Scholar Award
Nancy Foster
Assistant Professor of Dental Health

Perspectives on the Theme

Framing the Theme
Lorien Lake-Corral
Associate Professor of Social Science

Faculty and Student Perspectives on the Theme
Matthew Dube
Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems

Donald W. Cole
Applied Science ‘18

Keynote Address

Sandra White Hawk

Founder and Director of First Nations Repatriation Institute

Recessional

  • First and foremost, there is an expectation faculty will attend. It is also especially important that faculty RSVP, because reserved seating for faculty is based on RSVPs. RSVP Here.
  • As part of Convocation, faculty are expected to participate in the Processional and Recessional in full academic regalia.  If you require a cap and gown, please contact Jerry Garthoff in the Bookstore as soon as possible at 621-3067 or garthoff@maine.edu
  • Approximately 90 new Rising Scholars will be joining you during the Processional.
  • Faculty robing will take place in the Rotunda at the Klahr Center.  Faculty should report to the Klahr Center Rotunda by 2:15 p.m.
  • Convocation will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. with the Processional onto the campus green.
  • In case of inclement weather, the entire event, as well as robing rooms, will be moved to Jewett Hall.  We will alert everyone on Thursday, 9/21 if Convocation needs to be moved indoors.
  • Faculty members – and especially those teaching a class on Friday afternoon – are encouraged to bring their students to what promises to be a thought-provoking conversation that cuts across all academic disciplines.  If you do plan to bring a class or some of your students, please provide Terry Lawson with a rough number of students attending.
  • Convocation will conclude at approximately 5:00 p.m., with a reception immediately to follow.  Please be sure to stay for the reception to greet the Rising Scholars and their guests.  A special certificate will be available near the food tent for each new Rising Scholar.
  • Because Convocation is designed to be a university community event, Augusta staff are expected to attend Convocation. Staff in Bangor and at University College Centers are encouraged to attend.
  • The only exception for Augusta staff attendance at Convocation is in offices that directly service students. In those cases, the offices should operate at absolute minimal staffing. This means if only one person is necessary to staff an office on a Friday afternoon, then only one person should be in that office during Convocation. Supervisors will be responsible for working with their staff to make sure minimal staffing needs only are met, to decide who if anyone needs to cover the office, to make sure all other employees understand there is an expectation that they attend Convocation, and to make sure that employees RSVP here.
  • Staff will not be asked to participate in the Processional and Recessional, but may do so if they wish as long as they wear cap and gown. Staff who nominated a Rising Scholar are encouraged to march.
  • If we need to move Convocation indoors, we will alert everyone the day before the event.
  • If you have any questions, contact Terry Lawson at 207.621.3288
  • Again, click here to RSVP.
  • Students are encouraged to attend Convocation whether or not they are Rising Scholars.
  • Students may sit in any unreserved seating section.
  • If a student has been nominated as a Rising Scholar or is a Returning Rising Scholar from a previous year there are special seating arrangements and instructions.

Congratulations!  If you have received special notification by mail, then you are a new Rising Scholar.

As a Rising Scholar, UMA President Wyke and Provost Szakas look forward to recognizing you during UMA’s September 22ndConvocation.  If you have not yet sent in your RSVP to attend Convocation, we encourage you to click here to do so immediately.

We plan to honor Rising Scholars in a couple of ways during Convocation, including having all new Rising Scholars participate in the Processional that begins the ceremony. During the Processional, each Rising Scholar will march into the ceremony alongside a faculty member. Rising Scholars will then sit together in a special section adjacent to the faculty section.

All Rising Scholars attending Convocation, therefore, must assemble with faculty in the Klahr Center (home of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine) by 2:00 PM.  Specific instructions on how the Processional will work will be explained there.

If you have family, friends or guests attending Convocation, – and we hope you do – please do not bring them to the Klahr Center. They should take seats in the audience section and await the 3:00 start.

Some other things to note:

  • During Convocation, Rising Scholars will also be individually recognized by Provost Szakas, will participate in the Recessional, and receive a special certificate signed by President Wyke.
  • In the case of rain, Convocation will be moved indoors to Jewett Auditorium. Should this happen, we will alert you to any changes the day before, including a different room to assemble in prior to the event.
  • As a Rising Scholar, you are encouraged to wear either business dress or business casual attire at Convocation.  While there is no formal dress code, jeans and t-shirts are discouraged.
  • Finally, I hope you and your guests will attend the President’s Reception that immediately follows Convocation.

If you have any questions, contact Terry Lawson at 207.621.3288

Again, our congratulations!

If you were selected as a Rising Scholar last year or the year before, you are a Returning Rising Scholar. As a returning Rising Scholar, we look forward to your attending this year’s September 22nd Convocation as a special guest of the university.

If you have not yet sent in your RSVP to attend Convocation, we encourage you to click here to do so immediately.

Returning Rising Scholars will be seated in a special reserved section. While only newly nominated Rising Scholars will participate in the Processional (as you likely did previously), Provost Szakas intends to recognize returning Rising Scholars as a group during the Convocation program.

When you arrive at Convocation, please be sure to tell an usher you are a returning Rising Scholar. They will escort you to the Rising Scholar reserved seating section.

If you have family, friends or guests attending Convocation, – and we hope you do – they will be seated in an adjacent seating area.

Some other things to note:

  • In the case of rain, Convocation will be moved indoors to Jewett Auditorium.
  • As a Rising Scholar, you are encouraged to wear either business dress or business casual attire at Convocation.  While there is no formal dress code, jeans and t-shirts are discouraged.
  • Finally, I hope you and your guests will attend the President’s Reception that immediately follows Convocation.

If you have any questions, contact Terry Lawson at 207.621.3288

Guests may sit in any unreserved seating section.

Guests of Rising Scholars should not escort their rising Scholar to the robing room. Rather, they should head directly to the Campus Green and sit in any unreserved seating section.