September 25, 2020 • 3pm-4pm • Online via Zoom


2020/2021 Academic Theme: Outbreak

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 supporting 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 2020-2021 academic theme is Outbreak. Outbreak, defined as a sudden or violent increase in activity, eruption, upsurge, commencement. Part of this year’s academic theme includes the adoption of a single theme-related book by a number of classes across the curriculum: The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic — and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World, by Steven Johnson.

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.

  • First and foremost, there is an expectation faculty will attend.
  • Faculty members – and especially those teaching a class on Friday afternoon – are encouraged to invite their students to what promises to be a thought-provoking conversation that cuts across all academic disciplines.
  • Convocation will conclude at approximately 4:00 p.m.
  • Because Convocation is designed to be a university community event, UMA staff are expected to attend Convocation.
  • Staff who nominated a Rising Scholar are especially encouraged to attend.
  • If you have any questions, contact Terry Lawson at 207.621.3288.
  • Students are encouraged to attend Convocation whether or not they are Rising Scholars.
  • Returning Rising Scholars from previous years are also invited to attend Convocation.

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 25th Convocation.

During Convocation, Rising Scholars will be individually recognized by Provost Szakas, and will receive a special certificate signed by President Wyke by mail.

We hope you and your guests will attend.

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 25th Convocation as a special guest of the university.

While only newly nominated Rising Scholars will be acknowledged by name during the program, Provost Szakas intends to recognize returning Rising Scholars as a group during Convocation.

If you have any questions, contact Terry Lawson at 207.621.3288.

This event is open to the public. We invite you to tune in to the Convocation event online on September 25th at 3:00 pm.

A link to join the live stream will be provided closer to the event date.