Convocation is scheduled for September 16, 2022, from 3 – 5 pm on the Augusta Campus Green.

2022/2023 Academic Theme: Disability Visibility

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 2022-2023 academic theme is Disability Visibility. Part of this year’s academic theme includes the adoption of a single theme-related book by a number of classes across the curriculum: Disability Visibility, edited by Alice Wong.

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.

Perspectives on the Theme

Faculty Speaker

Katherine Weatherford Darling

Student Speaker

Alyster Blum


Keynote Speaker – Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock, Ph.D.

Julie-Ann Scott-PollockDr. Scott-Pollock is a Professor of Communications Studies at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), and director of the university’s Performance Studies programs. Her scholarship focuses on performance studies, performance ethnography, personal narrative, identity and difference, disability studies, and qualitative research methodology. She teaches courses in performance studies, storytelling, and qualitative research methods.

Dr. Scott-Pollock’s research explores personal narratives of embodiment and identity. Projects include personal narrative and performance ethnographic research of physical disability, eating disorders, and aging and memory.

As Professor of Communication Studies at UNCW, Dr. Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock has maintained the UNCW Storytellers, which is a troupe of Communication Studies students performing children’s literature. She has also created other performance groups for undergraduate students. The UNCW Storytellers visit elementary schools in the surrounding community, including all Title I schools. Dr. Scott-Pollock is proud of the work her students are doing, and her efforts were recently highlighted in the National Communication Association’s (NCA) magazine, Dr. Scott-Pollock has also recently been published in the NCA’s journal, Text and Performance Quarterly,.She also directs the Hawk Tale Players and Just Us: performance Troupe for Social Justice.

Her Ph.D. is in Communication (Interdisciplinary PhD), which she earned at the University of Maine, Orono. Her graduate work (M.A. Communication, Concentrations: Performance Studies, Women’s Studies) was also earned at the University of Maine. Dr. Scott-Pollock completed her B.A. Communication & English at Gordon College, Wenham, MA.

  • 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 Carol Bean at 207.621.3438.
  • 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.

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 17th Convocation as a special guest of the university.

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

If you have any questions, contact Carol Bean at 207.621.3438.

This event is open to the public. We invite you to tune in to the Convocation event online on September 16 at 3:00 pm.

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