A drone from the University of Maine at Augusta’s aviation program will document Friday’s Convocation 2016 event, the university announced in a release.

The program, Maine’s only four-year aviation program, will use an unmanned aerial vehicle to fly over the campus green during the event, which is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Augusta campus.

Portland Press Herald writer Colin Woodard will give the keynote address, and other speakers include UMA President James Conneely, biology professor Peter Milligan and Ellen Stoops, a biology student. The theme of the 2016-17 academic year is climate change, and Milligan and Stoops will provide perspectives on the subject, the release said.

The academic year will be marked by significant opportunities for exploration and discussion about the causes and effects of climate change, the release said, in addition to how individuals and collective efforts can make a difference in its mitigation.

Convocation recognizes Rising Scholars, an initiative established in 2011 to honor students who’ve been nominated by faculty and staff for demonstrated academic achievement or promise.

“Convocation is a time to recognize UMA students who have shown exceptional academic promise,” Conneely said in the release. “We also recognize meritorious achievement and distinguished scholarship.”


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