2020 & 2021 Commencements
Dear UMA Community,
As we start the spring semester, it’s important to inform everyone of our plans for Commencement this May. The Maine safety regulations and CDC guidelines limiting large gathering due to COVID-19 are still in place and this situation is expected to continue throughout the spring. Therefore, UMA will conduct its 2020 and 2021 Commencements virtually. This decision is consistent with the approach that will be taken across the University of Maine System.
To fully honor the Classes of 2020 and 2021, UMA will conduct two separate virtual events. These virtual ceremonies will incorporate as many of UMA’s traditions as possible and will be broadcast at separate times on this year’s scheduled commencement date–May 8, 2021. After their initial broadcast, the 2020 and 2021 Commencements will be posted on the UMA website. This will allow graduates to share with others, to enjoy a second time, or to plan “viewing” events with family and friends at a date and time convenient to them.
Additionally, we will continue the Celebration Pages, a new tradition begun last year. Near the end of the spring semester, we will provide the 2021 graduates with an opportunity to post a personal Celebration Page to share their stories, thanks, and inspirations for the future through video stories or photos posted on a special webpage. This was very popular with the Class of 2020 last May, and we are pleased to continue the tradition for the Class of 2021. More information will follow in the coming weeks.
As commencement approaches, let us all find ways to honor the significant accomplishments of our graduates and the achievement their degrees represent. The credentials received at graduation represent the knowledge, skills, and experiences gained at UMA and will last our graduates a lifetime.
I wish everyone a successful spring semester.
Rebecca M. Wyke, Ed.D.