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Dr. John Barlow, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, to Speak at Maine Maritime Academy Commencement, Saturday, May 3, 2014

CASTINE, Maine – Dr. John Barlow, Dean of Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) and Vice President for Academic Affairs, will address the graduating class at the college’s seventy-first Commencement on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Alexander Field House. Dean Barlow will be retiring after 44 years of service to the Academy, including 12 years as Dean.

“Dr. Barlow has had a major influence on the college, our curriculum, and the academic success of our students,” said MMA President, Dr. William J. Brennan. “Our community is privileged to have benefited from his experience and dedication over the last 44 years, and it is fitting that Dean Barlow will send the Class of 2014 on their way with some final words of wisdom.”

Dean Barlow joined Maine Maritime Academy in 1970 as Associate Professor of Oceanography, and served many roles throughout his career at the college, including department head, researcher, associate dean, cross-country coach, firefighting instructor, instructor in ship’s medicine and ocean survival, and committee participant on innumerable committees.

Commencement activities will begin at 9 a.m. with the annual awards program in Delano Auditorium in Leavitt Hall. Commencement Exercises will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the Alexander Field House. Seating at this year’s ceremony will be open and admission will not require guest tickets. Overflow seating will be available in Smith Gymnasium. Guests seated in this area will be able to watch a remote broadcast of the ceremony. The college will also sponsor a live webstream broadcast of the ceremony, enabling family and friends to watch the event online. The webstream will begin at 11 a.m. and can be accessed at the following internet address:

Dr. William J. Brennan, MMA President, will present diplomas. Dr. Donald Maier, Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies for the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics, will preside at the exercises. The oath of office will be administered to new U.S. Merchant Marine officers by Captain Brian Gilda, United States Coast Guard. Captain Michael A. Hegarty, United States Navy, will administer the oath of office for Navy Officers. A formal commissioning ceremony will take place one hour following the conclusion of Commencement, at approximately 1:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of Leavitt Hall. In the event of inclement weather, the commissioning ceremony will be held in Delano Auditorium.

Maine Maritime Academy is a co-educational, public college on the coast of Maine offering 18 degree programs in engineering, management, science and transportation. The college’s persistence, retention and graduation rates are well above national averages. The job placement rate for MMA graduates is in excess of 90 percent within 90 days of graduation. For more information, visit

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