UMA 2014 Commencement Exercises
Thank You Videos
UMA Student Health Insurance Plan
NOTICE OF NEW REQUIREMENT AND OPPORTUNITY REGARDING STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE
Beginning with the fall semester of 2014, all campuses in the University of Maine System (UMS) will require proof of health insurance as a condition of enrollment for students who fall into specific categories (defined below). This policy is intended to support students’ progress toward their academic goals by providing access to a reasonably priced Student Health Insurance Policy (SHIP). This insurance requirement applies only to UMA students who fall into the following categories:*
A.S. in Veterinary Technology
A.S. in Nursing
Certificate in Dental Assisting
A.S. in Dental Assisting
A.S. in Dental Hygiene
B.S. in Dental Hygiene
B.S. in Aviation
B.S. in Nursing 1+3 Year UMA-UMFK
*Students who reside outside of Maine during the applicable semester(s) of enrollment are exempt.
**Does not apply to students in pre-majors seeking admission to these programs unless they are registered for 9 or more UMS credits in a fall or spring semester.
PLEASE READ THIS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
For Fall 2014: All students who meet the criteria described above will automatically be enrolled and their student account will be billed for the SHIP annual premium of $942. Students who already have health insurance coverage and do not wish to participate in the SHIP will have an opportunity, starting July 7, 2014, to withdraw from this coverage and charge via an on-line waiver process. Also starting on July 7, students who meet the criteria and wish to take advantage of the SHIP and/or have no other health insurance coverage can complete the on-line enrollment steps to proactively confirm their enrollment. Timely enrollment will initiate access to their insurance ID card and benefits on the effective date of the policy (August 15), thus maximizing the value of the policy. The deadline for waiving the SHIP is October 1, 2014.
For Spring 2015: All students who meet the criteria described above will automatically be enrolled and their student account will be billed for the SHIP spring charge of $594. Students who already have health insurance coverage and do not wish to participate in the SHIP will have an opportunity, starting November 3, 2014, to withdraw from this coverage and charge via an on-line waiver process. Also starting on November 3, students who meet the criteria and wish to take advantage of the SHIP and/or have no other health insurance coverage can complete the on-line enrollment steps to proactively confirm their enrollment. Timely enrollment will initiate access to their insurance ID card and benefits on the effective date of the policy, thus maximizing the value of the policy. The deadline for waiving the SHIP is February 20, 2015 (new spring and transfer students only).
UMA students who do not fall into the categories outlined above will not be required to show proof of health insurance, nor will they be eligible to enroll in the SHIP.
Students participating in athletics and/or club sports should also contact Renee Grant, Student Life, at 621-3374, for further information about the insurance requirement for student athletes.
The SHIP is administered by United Healthcare, Inc. via a contract with Harvard-Pilgrim HealthCare and makes use of their network of primary care providers, subspecialty providers, hospitals and other healthcare providers. Click here for more information regarding the SHIP plan. Following are some highlights:
For questions regarding the SHIP, please contact Student Financial Services by phone (207) 621-3412 or email UMAFA@maine.edu.
Congratulations 2015 Graduates!
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 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.
UMA Commencement will also be webcast here.
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 9, 2015. 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.
Accommodations: UMA wants all graduates to be able to participate as fully as possible in their graduation ceremony. Accommodations are available to help meet this intent. Please be aware that at commencement graduates often stand for long periods, and use stairs and/or a ramp to access the stage where they will be officially recognized.
Graduates who have special accommodation needs, such as wheelchair or assisted access, or require seats in view of sign language interpreters, should contact Ariel Cassista (621-3350) to make your request as soon as possible. Accommodation requests made less than five business days in advance of commencement may not be able to be provided.
For information on accommodations for guests, please visit the “What Guests Need to Know” tab on the UMA Commencement web page.
Commencement Speaker: TBD
Distinguished Alumni Award: TBD
Distinguished Achievement Award: TBD
Honorary Degrees: TBD
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 2014 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 2014, your degree has been mailed to you. Students who complete their requirements as of May 2015 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: TBD
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.
DVD of Commencement
An unedited recording (DVD) of the 2015 Commencement (after May 18) will be available through the UMA Bookstore for the cost of $20. Price includes standard shipping within continental US.
What Guests Need to Know
Commencement Exercises: Where, When, What, and Who
- Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2015, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than May 1.
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: LifeTouch Studios will be present to take photos of the graduates, as each crosses the stage and as each stands in front of the logo banner after leaving the stage. Proofs will be available about a week later and graduates should be contacted via email and given the web page address to view the proofs.
- 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 9th Commencement will be available. An unedited recording (DVD) of the 2015 Commencement (after May 18) will be available through the UMA Bookstore for the cost of $20. Price includes standard shipping within continental US.
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 9, 2015
- 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 1st.
On May 9th, 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 1st. 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.