Congratulations 2014 Graduates!
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - Augusta Civic Center
All of the UMA community congratulates our graduates as they achieve this milestone. To ensure a memorable event for our graduates, their family and friends, and to answer some typical questions, graduates and their guests are strongly encouraged to read through this information.
What Graduates Need to Know
Applying for Graduation
Students who wish to apply for candidacy for graduation must file a graduation card, or use the online Candidacy for Graduation Form, by December 1 for December completions and April 1 for May and August graduation. Students should meet with their faculty advisors first to avoid any unfortunate surprises in the spring; however, students are ultimately responsible for being aware of program requirements which are published in the UMA catalog. Information is also available through the Advising Center, College Offices, Academic Advisor, or University Center.
Commencement Exercises: Where, When, What, and Who
Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014. All degree candidates must report to the Fort Western Room in the North Wing of the Augusta Civic Center by 8:45 a.m. At that time, line up for the Exercises will begin and last-minute "marching orders" will be given. Commencement Exercises will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.; the length of Commencement is generally 2 hours. It is suggested that you make arrangements ahead-of-time to meet your guests after the ceremony in a pre-arranged location. Please be aware that traffic delays can occur the closer you get to the Augusta Civic Center. Graduates and guests may want to leave earlier to arrive on time for line up and seating. Childcare is not provided. If you have small children attending commencement, please provide for care for them during the ceremony.
Graduating students needing accommodations should contact Ariel Cassista, for more information at 621-3350/1-877-862-1234, ext. 3350, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than May 2.
Commencement Speaker: Randall Liberty
A UMA alum, Randall Liberty has thirty-one years’ experience in law enforcement, including serving as Sheriff of Kennebec County since 2007. He has received numerous awards during his tenure as sheriff, including Law Officer of the Year, a Distinguished Citizenship Award, a Spirit of America Award, and a Distinguished Achievement Award from UMA.
Sheriff Liberty also served for 24 years in the armed forces, including duty in Iraq. During his military service, he received a Bronze Star, as well as a Meritorious Service Medal and three times an Army Commendation Medal.
Distinguished Alumni Award: Dawn Gallagher
Dawn Gallagher has 25 years leadership experience, including stints at the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection where she served as commissioner. She currently serves as the Program Manager of DHHS’s Office of Health Information Technology.
Dawn has completed master’s work at MIT and at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and earned a law degree from the University of Maine. She is a UMA Adjunct Professor of Law and Public Administration, and maintains a private law practice helping veterans with legal issues.
Distinguished Achievement Award: Dean Lachance
Dean Lachance is Director of Bread of Life Ministries, a faith-based non-profit agency in Augusta that provides a food kitchen, pantry, and housing including emergency, temporary, transitional, and permanent shelter for individuals and families in need. He also has been instrumental helping returning veterans and their myriad of problems, and successfully obtained grants for the renovation of the National Veteran's Recreation Center.
Dean also has a long history working with UMA, including a recent collaboration with the UMA architecture department to renovate the Bread of Life space. He speaks to classes at UMA in many different disciplines.
Distinguished Service to UMA Award: Kevin Michaud
Kevin Michaud has organized relief aid for natural disasters in the United States and around the globe. For these efforts Kevin has been recognized as a Knight of the British Empire by the Queen of England. Pope John Paul II also bestowed a knighthood on Kevin, a recognition few Americans have ever earned.
Kevin gives freely of his time as a member of several non-profit human rights-centered boards of directors, including the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine at UMA. Over the last few years, he has worked closely with UMA's population of Rwandan students, all of whom were deeply impacted by the 1994 genocide.
A major business leader Maine, Dick McGoldrick founded and serves as President of Commercial Properties, a firm that has initiated or participated in the development of over four million square feet of commercial space in Maine.
Dick McGoldrick’s donation of the Gannett building to UMA has helped to transform UMA as well as downtown Augusta. Today, the Gannett building houses UMA’s Architecture program in modern state-of-the art space that rivals the architectural facilities of any program in the nation. The Gannett building also provides space for UMA’s Art program and for the offices of Women, Work and Community.
Dick has also been active and served in leadership roles in numerous organizations, including with the Finance Authority of Maine, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Portland, the Maine Business Alliance, and the Maine Economic Growth Council.
Libby Mitchell has devoted her adult life to service to her community and to the State of Maine. First elected to the House of Representatives in 1974, she became the state’s first female majority leader in 1980. In 1991, she became Maine’s first female Speaker of the House.
Elected to the Senate in 2004, she became Senate Majority Leader in 2006 and Senate President in 2009. She is the first woman to ever hold both Senate President and House Speaker positions.
Beyond her long, distinguished, and ground-breaking legislative career, Libby Mitchell has also been active in her community, serving as a selectwoman for the town of Vassalboro, a Board Member of MaineGeneral Health, a member of the Advisory Council of Kennebec Valley Community College and a representative of Maine to the New England Board of Higher Education.
Caps and Gowns
Please visit the Graduation link on the UMA Bookstore website to order your cap and gown. Be sure to select the location where you would like to have your cap and gown delivered. Graduates' caps and gowns will be black with a blue and white tassel. Questions should be directed to the UMA Bookstore at 621-3467 or 1-800-621-0083. Graduates must have the black cap, gown, and tassel to participate in the Commencement Exercises.
Students who have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.25 or higher at the end of Fall 2013 will be honored by wearing a gold braided cord around the necks of their gowns. Cords will be distributed during line-up. Those students who have completed the requirements for the Honors Program may be additionally recognized by medallions.
If you completed your degree requirements as of December 2013, your degree has been mailed to you. Students who complete their requirements as of May 2014 will have their diploma mailed to their home by the end of July. Students completing their requirements this summer will be mailed their diploma once the grade is on their transcript.
- Because of the large number of folks attending Commencement, it is suggested that you make arrangements to meet your guests after the ceremony in a pre-arranged location.
- Cell phones and pagers should be turned off. When this is not feasible due to urgent circumstances, the device should be set to vibrate or soft tone. Graduates should refrain from texting.
- All graduates and their guests are asked to remain for the entire ceremony out of respect for all of the graduates.
- Please see Commencement Protocol (under What Guests Need to Know).
Receptions (Commencement and Programs)
- Commencement Reception: There will be a reception with light refreshments immediately following the ceremony on the UMA Campus Common (between the Randall Student Center and Jewett Hall). Please join faculty, staff, guests, and your fellow graduates in this celebration. This is a five to ten-minute walk from the Civic Center or there is closer parking available in the Randall Student Center parking lot.
- Library Services Reception: TBD
- President's Reception: The President's Reception will be held on Friday, May 9, 4:00-5:00 p.m., in the Jewett Hall Danforth Gallery.
Once graduated, you become an alumnus of UMA. As an alumnus, you are eligible for many alumni benefits and discounts. Please complete the UMA Alumni Contact Form, so we can stay in contact with you after graduation. You can also join the Alumni Association or opt in to receive monthly e-newsletters Moose News. Membership the the UMA Alumni Association is free for the first year, so join and see what we have to offer! If you're interested in getting more involved in UMA alumni activities - and we hope you are - the UMA Alumni Association has regular monthly meetings that you are welcome to attend.
Updating Your Addresses
Please be sure to notify the University of any changes in your mailing address and/or your e-mail address. You can initiate this by contacting the UMA Enrollment Services Center at 621-3185 or 1-877-862-1234. You can also change your address, phone numbers, e-mail addresses online by using MaineStreet.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. "If a student has requested that directory information not be released, no information will be released to any requestor, including insurance companies and prospective employers, without the expressed written consent of the student. Nor will the student's name be included in the published Dean's List, student directory, commencement brochure or any other institutional publication or press release." If a student wishes to remove this restriction, s/he must submit written authorization to the UMA Enrollment Services Center (621-3185 or 1-877-862-1234).
If coming from the south, take Interstate 95 north to exit 112. Continue off ramp (from ramp, you will be bearing right). At the first traffic light, turn right. If coming from the north, take Interstate 95 south to exit 112. At the end of the ramp, there is a light. Take a left into the right-hand lane to continue straight. At the third traffic light, turn right. The Augusta Civic Center will be directly in front of you. Facing the front of the Civic Center, the North Wing entrance is on the far right. Graduates should enter through there; guests should enter through the main entrance of the Civic Center (middle doors). Traffic will be heavy, so be sure to plan extra time for delays.
Traditional (non-personalized) graduation announcements are available from the UMA Bookstore on the Augusta Campus, and in the Student Life Office on the Bangor campus. You may also purchase personalized announcements directly from Balfour, a company that offers official graduation products.
UMA class rings are available through Balfour, a company that offers official graduation products. Balfour offers many options and styles of high quality college jewelry.
The Honors Program Student Association will be selling roses at Commencement at the tables located just inside the main doors of the Civic Center.
Imprinted UMA Items
UMA Bookstore staff will be located just outside the Civic Center auditorium selling imprinted memorabilia and souvenirs to celebrate your achievements. Items available for purchase will include diploma frames, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, drinkware, and stuffed animals.
The UMA Bookstore, located in the Richard J. Randall Student Center, will be open on Graduation Day from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., where our full line of collegiate memorabilia will be available for purchase.
What Guests Need to Know
Commencement Exercises: Where, When, What, and Who
- Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the Augusta Civic Center. Guests should enter the Civic Center through the main, front doors.
- Commencement Exercises will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.; the length of Commencement is generally 2 hours. Guests will not be seated once the processional begins (when graduates march into the auditorium); late arrivals must wait until the processional ends.
- Because of the size of the crowd, it is suggested that you make arrangements ahead-of-time to meet your graduate after the ceremony in a pre-arranged location. Please be aware that traffic delays can occur the closer you get to the Augusta Civic Center. Graduates and guests may want to leave earlier to arrive on time for line up and seating.
The University of Maine at Augusta’s Commencement is an important, exciting, and proud day for the graduates, their families and friends, and for UMA’s faculty, administration, and staff. It is the University’s desire that the tone of the commencement ceremony be one of honor, respect, and dignity. Thus, behavior of the graduates and their guests should be consistent with the significance of the occasion. To that end, we ask the following:
- The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Guests should remain by their seats while the graduates enter.
- No one is permitted to stand in the aisles or to block the view of another audience member.
- Cell phones and pagers should be turned off. When this is not feasible due to urgent circumstances, the device should be set to vibrate or soft tone.
- It is requested that guests stay in their seats and not place themselves in the ceremony by drawing attention away from the graduates, calling directly to them, using noisemakers or signs, or approaching the graduates to take pictures.
- Guests should remain by their seats until the graduates, faculty, and staff have all marched out of the auditorium.
- There is no limit on the number of guests per graduate. Tickets are not required for admission.
- Guests will not be seated during the processional; late arrivals must wait until the processional ends before being seated.
- Elevators are available off of the main lobby to access the second level.
Seating for Guests with Disabilities
In order to have the ceremony go as smoothly as possible for guests, designated seating areas for individuals with disabilities are available. Family members and guests needing more information about accommodations should contact Ariel Cassista, for more information at 621-3350/1-877-862-1234, ext. 3350, or e-mail email@example.com, no later than May 2.
Please note we are not able to seat entire families in the special seating designated areas; normally only one member of your party can accompany the guest requiring special seating. In order to accommodate those who require this seating, additional guests must sit in the general seating areas.
Wheelchair accessible seating and special seating for guests with mobility impairments, the elderly, and people with hearing and visual disabilities is available.
A sign-language interpreter will be on the stage during the ceremony. Folks needing the services of the interpreter should indicate this to an usher.
Disability seating will be on a "first-come, first-serve basis;" seating cannot be reserved.
Please arrive early. We recommend that guests needing accommodations arrive by 9:30 a.m. to allow ample time to arrive, park at the Augusta Civic Center, and to find seating in the auditorium. Handicapped parking is located near the Civic Center.
Upon arrival to the Civic Center auditorium, guests needing special seating should approach an usher. Ushers wear UMA blue stoles and nametags and will assist guests to the appropriate, designated seating areas.
Wheelchairs are available to use at the Civic Center; however, they should be used to transport guests to their seats and immediately returned to the main lobby for others to use.
A Special Word about Photography
UMA is committed to ensuring that family and friends are able to hear the name of their graduate called and watch them receive their diploma as they cross the stage.
For families who desire to take a photo during the ceremony, we strongly request that you follow the rules below in order to minimize the disruption to others:
- Photos during the ceremony may only be taken from your seat or from the designated photography area located to the far right of the stage as indicated by the sign.
- Please do not block the view of other guests.
- Please be as quiet as possible as you move to take a photo, most especially if you are sitting in the metal bleachers.
Please also know that there are three excellent alternatives to taking your own photos during the ceremony:
- Arrangements have been made for professional photographers: TBD
- Families are welcome to take photos in front of the podium following the ceremony.
- A special photography area has been set up in front of the Gazebo on the Commons, where the Commencement Reception will be held for all graduates and their families.
A live webcast of the Saturday, May 10th Commencement will be available.
There will be a reception with light refreshments immediately following the ceremony on the UMA Campus Common (between the Randall Student Center and Jewett Hall). Please join your graduate, faculty, staff, and other guests in this celebration. This is a five to ten-minute walk from the Civic Center or there is closer parking available in the Randall Student Center parking lot.
See Directions, above
The Augusta Civic Center has several parking lots that provide free parking.
A limited amount of handicapped parking is available in front of the Civic Center and in the side parking areas. Family and friends who cannot walk a distance can be dropped off at the front of the Civic Center. Floor seating is available for those needing accommodations (please see Seating for Guests with Disabilities). Elevators are available off the main lobby to access the second level.
Please visit the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce for great information on local lodging options, as well as a listing of area restaurants, shopping facilities, attractions, and recreational activities.
What Faculty and Staff Need to Know
Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend graduation and to march in the commencement exercises.
- Saturday, May 10, 2014
- Augusta Civic Center
- Exercises begin at 10:00 a.m. and will run until about 12:00 noon; reception to immediately follow.
- Faculty and staff should report to Civic Center by no later than 9:15 a.m.
So that we plan appropriately for commencement seating, please RSVP to Ann Corbett by Friday, May 2nd.
On May 10th, you should report to the Civic Center's Androscoggin/Aroostook/Cumberland Rooms no later than 9:15 a.m. to robe. If you placed an order for a cap, gown, or hood, it will be available at the Bookstore by May 2nd. Payment for a hood is required when you pick it up. The Bookstore will be open graduation day at 8:00 a.m. for those who are unable to pick up your regalia earlier. If you have not yet placed an order for a cap and gown, it may not be too late. Please contact Jerry Garthoff in the Bookstore at 621-3067 as soon as possible.
There will be a reception on the campus Green immediately following the commencement exercises. If the weather is inclement, the reception will be held in the Randall Student Center.
Because your presence is so important to our students and their families and friends, we hope you will make every effort to attend this year's exercises, as well as the reception afterwards. Graduates do look forward to seeing you and introducing you to their family and friends.
Thank you for your commitment to this joyous celebration of the University's graduates.
UMA Student Health Insurance Plan
Any student who is registered for at least 6.0 UMA credit hours may purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan.
Is Health Insurance Coverage Mandatory for Students?
Degree students in aviation, dental assisting, dental hygiene, medical laboratory technology, nursing, and veterinary technology, as well as students participating in athletics and club sports, and international students are required to have medical insurance. For all other students, insurance coverage is optional, but encouraged. Those students participating in athletics and/or club sports should contact Kimberly Lloyd, Assistant Athletic Director, at 621-3125 for further information about the insurance requirement for student athletes.
How Do I Learn More About the Coverage?
Students should review the Student Insurance Plan. This information, as well as an online enrollment card and various forms, is available online. An "insurance packet," containing the brochure, letter, and enrollment card, will be available from the Office of the Dean of Students after June. Requests can be directed to UMA’s Office of the Dean of Students by emailing Michele or by calling (207) 621-3176 or 1-877-UMA-1234, ext. 3176. Packets will also be available at the Bangor Campus (Advising Office or Admissions) and at University College locations after June.
How Much Does It Cost?
The insurance policy for 2013-2014 is underwritten by Nationwide Life Insurance Company and serviced by Cross Insurance. Questions should be directed to Cross Insurance of Lewiston, Maine, at 1-800-537-6444. The cost for a full year of coverage (8/15/13 - 8/14/14), for an individual student, is $1,877. Students who sign up for just the spring semester (1/01/14 - 8/14/14) pay a prorated cost of $1,166. Coverage becomes effective on the dates above or on the dates of enrollment in the plan, whichever is later. The enrollment period for annual coverage ends on 9/20/13. The enrollment period for the spring semester ends on 2/07/14.
Payment can be made in full by bank card or check. If joining the four-payment plan for the fall semester, the first payment is due by 8/15/13, with payment due dates on 9/15/13, 10/15/13, and 11/15/13. There is a $30 non-refundable fee to join. If students have excess financial aid and wish to use these funds towards the cost of the insurance, the enrollment card must be returned by 8/15/13.
If joining the four-payment plan for the spring semester, the first payment is due by 1/05/14, with payment due dates on 2/05/14, 3/05/14, and 4/05/14. There is a $30 non-refundable fee to join. If students have excess financial aid and wish to use these funds towards the cost of the insurance, the enrollment card must be returned by 12/28/13.
How Do I Sign Up?
To enroll in the basic Student Insurance Plan, students can access the insurance enrollment card at Cross Insurance Agency. Students can also request an insurance packet from the Office of the Dean of Students. This packet contains a Student Health Insurance Enrollment Card, which must be completed and returned with payment to the Office of the Dean of Students, UMA, 46 University Drive, Augusta, Maine, 04330.
Can I Get Coverage for My Family?
Dependent coverage may be purchased through the Cross Insurance Agency at (207) 783-8591 or 1-800-537-6444. Payment for dependent coverage must be made directly to the insurance agency.
What If I Still Have Questions?
For more information or an appropriate referral, contact either the Cross Insurance Agency at (207) 783-8591 or 1-800-537-6444, or the Office of the Dean of Students at the Augusta campus by e-mailing Michele, stopping by Robinson Hall, or calling (207) 621-3176 or 1-877-UMA-1234, ext. 3176.
Nominations for the Distinguished Student Award and the James H. Woodworth Memorial Award are now being accepted. The Distinguished Student Award is presented to a graduating senior at commencement. The Woodworth Memorial Award recipient is a graduating student and is honored at a campus awards ceremony or graduation event.
The Distinguished Student Award is given to a graduating student (associate or baccalaureate) who has demonstrated specific contributions and excellence in each of three areas: scholarship, extracurricular participation and/or leadership, and community service outside of UMA. The Woodworth Memorial Award honors a non-traditional student. The recipient should be someone who is graduating (associate or baccalaureate), and who would not normally be recognized for academic or extracurricular achievement, but who has achieved a great deal within the context of his or her total responsibilities and earned a GPA of 2.5 or above. Faculty, staff, and other students may nominate students, or students may nominate themselves.
An electronic nomination form for each award can be accessed through the links above and submitted online. A print version for both awards is available through the Office of the Dean of Students. Please nominate as many students as you think may be deserving of consideration for these awards.
The nomination deadline is noon, April 2, 2014. Please submit your completed nomination form as soon as possible to the Office of the Dean of Students in Augusta. Incomplete forms may not be processed.
If you have any questions about these awards, please contact Sheila Crowley, Office of the Dean of Students, at 621-3154/1-877-862-1234, ext. 3154.