Commencement Highlights

On Saturday, May 9th at the Augusta Civic Center, the University of Maine at Augusta held its 47th Commencement Exercises.

Graduates from UMA’s Augusta and Bangor campuses, online programs, and University College Centers walked across the stage to receive associate and baccalaureate degrees from UMA during the event.

UMA was honored to host US Senator Susan Collins as this year’s commencement speaker. After her speach, Senator Collins was awarded a Doctorate in Humane Letters from UMA.

In addition, Mary Elisabeth Randall, Seeds of Peace founder Bobbie Gottschalk, U.S. Marshall Noel March, UMA graduate Nathaniel LaClaire and UMA professor Jon Schlenker were all presented with distinguished UMA awards.


2015 Commencement Ceremony Full Video



Images taken during the day of commencement and at many of the receptions and parties held in honor of the 2015 graduates can be seen on Facebook at the following links.

UMA’s 2015 Commencement Album » 

Danforth Gallery’s UMA 2015 Commencement Weekend Album »

Augusta Student Awards Ceremony »

Bangor Senior Awards Banquet »


Media Coverage:

UMA graduation student speaker, a veteran, is gung-ho for education KJ/MS 

Seniors at UMA display variety of senior thesis art KJ/MS

For one UMA graduate, stepping foot in Maine for ceremony was a first KJ/MS


New B.S. in Cybersecurity approved by UMS Board of Trustees

Henry Felch - CybersecurityThe University of Maine at Augusta and University College recently announced that the University of Maine System (UMS) Board of Trustees has approved a new Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity.

(Click the image to the left to see a video about the program narrated by Henry Felch an Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at UMA.)

Available through a partnership between UMA, UMFK, UMaine, and USM, the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity will incorporate a multidisciplinary perspective through a combination of computer science, communications, and ethics courses, with a post-baccalaureate option.

Cybersecurity is an evolving discipline that involves the study of strategy, policy, and standards regarding the security of and operations in cyberspace.  The program will prepare students for career opportunities or advanced education in the cybersecurity field including positions in security analysis, information assurance, digital forensics, intelligence, and cyber defense to name a few. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is predicting a 37% growth in employment in the cybersecurity field by 2020.  Graduates with a B.S. in Cybersecurity will be prepared to fill these new positions as well as a predicted gap in Maine’s IT workforce significantly improving the statewide prospect for excellence in the computer-based delivery of information security services.

The curriculum has been designed to meet the stringent academic standards of the NSA/DHS jointly sponsored Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (CAEIA/CD) program. The new B.S. in Cybersecurity is the first ever system collaborated degree program to be recognized by the CAEIA/CD.

Based on existing curriculum at UMA, UMFK and UMaine and a virtual lab created by USM, the new 4-year program will require no new resources, in fact, the synergy among the partnering institutions and optimized sharing of existing resources are expected to yield savings.

Required courses can be taken completely online, or through a combination of live, online and ITV classes.  Students can enroll now for the fall 2015 semester through any of the University of Maine System campuses including University College Centers.

For more info  contact UMA Enrollment Services at 1-877-UMA-1234 or visit:

FullColorBangorNew UMA Bachelor’s in Veterinary Technology approved for fall 2016

Students can get a head start by enrolling now in a pre-vet tech track

University of Maine at Augusta President Glenn Cummings today announced that UMA’s proposed Bachelor’s in Veterinary Technology Program has received the green light to proceed from the University of Maine System.

The new program will formally begin in the fall of 2016, but students can get a head start by enrolling this summer or fall in a pre-veterinary technology track. The pre-vet tech track will help students fulfill certain prerequisites and requirements, and prepare them to compete for a Fall 2016 spot in the program.

The only such program to be offered in Maine, the Bachelor’s program will equip students with skills in biological/animal medical research, and office management as well as animal care and lab skills. To enhance career opportunities, the program will also allow students to choose tracks in business, small business or biology.

“We are humbled that so many organizations and community members have come forward to help us establish this exciting new Bachelor’s degree program,” said President Cummings.

Among the support UMA has received for the new program included a $25,000 grant from The Bank of Maine and several donations from the local veterinary community. In addition, Readfield residents and long-time UMA supporters Peter and Mary Thompson have established a special scholarship, which will annually benefit a Vet Tech student with financial need.

“We are also grateful to Jackson Labs who worked closely with us to develop the program and its curriculum,” added Cummings.

“Our work with Jackson Labs was a win-win,” said Cummings. “Not only will our students be prepared for a wide array of jobs in the animal care and research field, but Jackson Labs will benefit by having highly qualified UMA graduates ready to fill many important positions the Lab has had historical difficulty filling.”

UMA has previously offered an Associates in Veterinary Technology. That program is being phased out, with one more class being accepted for the fall of 2015.

To learn more about the Veterinary Technology Program at UMA visit:

UMA Graduating Seniors’ Artwork on Display in Danforth Gallery

The Danforth Gallery at UMA is displaying the artwork of graduating seniors in the, 2015 Senior Thesis Exhibition from May 8th through May 29th. There will be an opening reception on Friday, May 8th from 4-5pm as well as on the day of UMA’s May 9th commencement from noon to 2pm.Art Student, Doreen Morgan

The seven artists are displaying art projects in an array of different art forms including photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, electronic arts, installation and other mixed media.

Art atudent, Doreen Morgan is pictured left with one her drawings. More images of the students and their artwork can be seen on the Danforth Gallery Flickr Page.

The projects displayed are a series of pieces that represent each artists thesis for the Bachelor’s in Art degree that they will receive at UMA’s May 9th Commencement ceremony.

Below is are descriptions of each project:

  • Through his love of drawing and playful use of graphic storytelling Nathanial Chadwick of Hollowell embraces the randomness and quirkiness of computer generated narratives.
  • The sculpture work of Arielle Cousens of Augusta, the hidden potential of scrap metal finds and other discarded objects is explored as they come together to form her portraits of rural Maine horses. Also included in the show is a series of watercolor studies of these objects.
  • Sierra Meservey of Rockland visually investigates the relationship between connection and entanglement in a variety of media.
  • “Hands” is an exploration of gestural drawing and contour line in organic forms drawn with Augusta resident Doreen Morgan's non-dominant hand. Influenced by artist Egon Schiele, she combines wet charcoal, acrylic paint, and even coffee to create works of raw emotional expression.
  • Roland Perkins of Cornville meticulously crafts a functional, larger than life, board game, which explores the relationship between a children's game and the cultural society in which they were intended for.
  • Kerri Roberge of Jay uses bold contours with bright colors to tell stories that engage and delight children.
  • Jay resident Roderick Small's series of photographs "Winter's Time" explores photography's abilities and limitations to depict time while he is engaged in domestic activates during Maine winter season.

The Danforth Gallery is located in Jewett Hall on the UMA campus, it is open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 5pm, and on Fridays from 9am to 3pm. The receptions and exhibition are free and open to the public.

For more information about the exhibit or the program contact Assistant Professor Robert Rainey, director of the Danforth Gallery:

UMA50thLogo copyRegistration is still open for 2nd session summer courses and for the Fall 2015 semester.  Check out the courses we are offering by looking at the Course Guide.  There are several ways to contact UMA about applying or registering.

Ways to Register:

  • Via self-registering through MaineStreet
  • By calling 1-877-UMA-1234
  • In person at your campus or center