Graduation Celebration Held at UMA Rockland

Photo by: UMA Rockland Michaela Poor, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and her guest pose in the photo frame at the URock graduation celebration event May 4th.

On Saturday, May 4th, faculty and staff at the University of Maine at Augusta Rockland Center hosted a celebration event for 54 local UMA graduates.  Over 125 family and guests attended the celebration event.

In addition to the recognition of the graduates, student awards were presented to the following recipients by UMA’s Associate Provost, Brenda McAleer:

Computer Information Systems Excellence Award to Violet Bemis
Leadership Award to Amy Taylor
Persistence Awards
to Christy Preston and Sara Washburn
The Joshua Bowen Performing Arts Award to Yvette Presley
Volunteer Award
to Mariah Mann
Jeffrey Klivans Scholarship to Mistydawn Bowen
Martin and Molly Schwartz Scholarship to Jean McIntyre
Dr. Maya Angelou Leadership & Service Award to Faith Bruce

Students speakers included Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate Brittany Rice as well as Liberal Studies graduate, Julie Smith.  Local realtor, Mary Bumiller delivered an inspiring keynote address.

The following local students will receive degrees at UMA’s Commencement at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday, May 11.

BA Art

William Brown

Bachelor of Applied Science

Gordon Garnett*

Amanda Leon*


AS Bus Administration

Brian Bradeen

Katheryn McCormick

Danielle Weaver


BS Bus Administration Accounting

Rachael Brown*

Tina Ellis*

Brendon Finnemore


BS Bus Administration Management

Lindsey Ecker

Sara Washburn*




BS Computer Information Systems

Violet Bemis*

Lyn Hall*

Craig Payson*


AS Justice Studies

Whitney Kilton*

BS Justice Studies

Marlon Alarcon

Alayna Joyce*

Nicole Mahoney*

Jacqueline Rodriguez*


AA Liberal Studies

Kathy Estabrook*

Catherine Lake*

Mariah Mann

Katherine Nelson*

Amber Oliver

Melissa Rice

Julia Smith*

Esther Wade


BA Liberal Studies

Stephanie Barley*

Brianne Benner

Megan Bruns

Melinda Butterfield*

Dawn Emery*

Ashlee Francis

Errol Littlefield

Christina Martin

Denita McWilliams

Ashley Ranco

Pamela Schaltenbrand*

Kelly Webber


AS Mental Health &   Human Services

Jessika Grant

Rebecca Robinson*


BS Mental Health &   Human Services

Makayla Glidden*

Robin Harvie*

Rebekah Oliver*

Patricia Pendleton*

Christy Preston

Mercedes Reynolds*

Rita Robbins*


UMA BS Nursing

Hilary Harkins*

Pauline McWilliams

Alice Newbert


UMFK BS Nursing

Michaela Poor*

Brittany Rice*

John Tooley*

*Graduating with Honors:

GPA 3.25 or higher


The UMA Rockland Center has been delivering University courses and degrees to the midcoast area since 1976.  Since that time well over 2000 college degrees have been awarded to local students.

For more information about the UMA Rockland Center visit its website at, or phone 596-6906.

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