AUGUSTA — The University of Maine at Augusta will hold its annual convocation ceremony from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, outdoors on the campus green.

The program will open with a processional that will include faculty members dressed in formal academic regalia joined by student Rising Scholars, who were nominated by faculty and staff for their academic achievement. Following the processional will be opening remarks made by the university’s newly appointed president, Dr. Glenn Cummings.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Peter Schilling, associate vice president in Global Technology Services at New York University.

There will also be perspectives on the academic theme given by students Michael Martin and Kim Carter, and James Cook, assistant professor of social sciences and Robert Rainey, assistant professor of photography.

Terry Colby, professor of nursing, will receive UMA’s Distinguished Educator Award, and Sarah Hentges, assistant professor of American studies, will receive UMA’s Distinguished Scholar Award.

This year’s ceremony will launch the 2014-15 academic theme, “Innovation,” and kick off UMA’s 50th anniversary. It is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the program will take place in Jewett Auditorium. For more information, visit