Commencement 2024

Congratulations, Class of 2024!

Commencement marks the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. Each year, we honor Maine Maritime Academy graduates during the traditional spring Commencement ceremony and a December Graduates Reception.

With each event, it is our hope that graduates and their families take the opportunity to celebrate this incredible milestone. Our hope is to make it a special experience for you and your families, whether we are celebrating virtually or together.

We are proud of all you have achieved during your time at MMA.

Commencement Ceremony | May 4, 2024 | 11:30 a.m. (ET)

To participate in Live Chat: Watch on YouTube
8:00 amGraduation BrunchHarold Alfond Student Center
9:00 amAcademic Awards CeremonyDelano Auditorium, Leavitt Hall
11:30 amCommencement CeremonyAlexander Field House
2:00 pmNROTC Commissioning CeremonyLeavitt Lawn (Rain location: Delano Auditorium)
The Eighty-First Commencement
Saturday, May 4 | 11:30 a.m.
Academic Procession

Marshal: Barbara H. Fleck
Professor of Engineering

National Anthem

Casandra Laughlin ’24


Keith M. Williamson, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Moment of Reflection

Captain Sam Teel
Professor Emeritus

President’s Greeting

Jerald S. Paul ’89
President of Maine Maritime Academy

Trustee’s Greeting

Wayne A. Norton ’86
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Commencement Address

The Honorable Angus S. King Jr.
United States Senate

Administration of Oath
United States Merchant Marine License

Captain Amy Florentino, Commander
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England

Conferral of Degrees

Master of Science  |  Associate of Science  |  Bachelor of Science | Honorary Doctorate

Musical selections by the George Stevens Academy “NINE8” conducted by Phelan Gallagher

Senator Angus S. King Jr.

Senator Angus S. King Jr.

United States Senate

In January 2013, Angus King was sworn in as Maine’s first Independent United States Senator, filling the same seat once held by storied Maine leaders Edmund Muskie, George Mitchell, and Olympia Snowe.

A strong believer in the need for greater bipartisan dialogue and relationship building, Senator King is proud to join the long line of thoughtful, independent leaders from the State of Maine, and he works hard every day to bring Republicans and Democrats together to find common-sense solutions for Maine and America. He is a proven consensus-builder who “calls ‘em like he sees ‘em”, putting civility and respect ahead of political ideology.

Senator King is a member of the Armed Services Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Rules and Administration. He has made it a priority not to miss Committee hearings, earning him praise from his colleagues and the reputation as a workhorse in the Senate. Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) once called Senator King “one of the most serious and hardworking members” of the Committee.

In his time in the Senate, Senator King has worked to strengthen America’s national security, conducted critical oversight of the nation’s Intelligence Community, supported common-sense budget priorities that promote prosperity and reduce the national debt, fought the national opioid and heroin epidemic, coordinated efforts to revitalize Maine’s forest economy, advocated for policies that contribute to cleaner, cheaper energy and mitigate climate change, railed against the corrosive effect of unchecked money in politics, fought to improve access to health care, worked to strengthen the government’s support of veterans, and promoted increased access to critical community resources like rural broadband.

Senator King has already achieved significant legislative victories. In 2013, when students across America faced the financial threat of a significant increase in their student loan interest rates, Senator King spearheaded the effort to draft and pass through both the Senate and House the compromise legislation that not only averted rate hikes, but that also put the program on long-term stable financial footing. That hard-fought bipartisan solution, the Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013, has since been projected to save millions of students across the country more than $50 billion in interest payments.

During the government shutdown of 2014, Senator King worked tirelessly with a small group of moderate senators, led by his colleague and friend Senator Susan Collins, to formulate the action plan that eventually led to the reopening of the government.

In fact, it is in small working groups like this that Senator King has focused much of his work. He cofounded the Former Governors Caucus, which brings together the Senate’s former Governors to chart pragmatic approaches to solutions, as well as the Senate Arctic Caucus, which hones in on Maine and America’s growing interest in the Arctic. Senator King also tries to informally bridge the partisan divide in Washington by frequently bringing his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to his home for barbeque dinners, where political talk is banned and the focus is getting to know one another. The bonds that are formed through these relationships often lay the foundation for successful legislation.

Senator King also served as the 72nd Governor of Maine, and during his two terms in the Blaine House, he focused on economic development and job creation. Then-Governor King also achieved significant reforms in education, mental health services, land conservation, environmental protection, and the delivery of state services. He was re-elected in 1998 by one of the largest margins in Maine’s history.

Senator King is married to Mary Herman and has four sons, Angus III, Duncan, James, and Ben, one daughter, Molly, and six grandchildren. He attended Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia Law School. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the Maine outdoors – either on his Harley or with his family in their camper.

Angus King - U.S. Senator for Maine

This year, we are pleased to announce 28 awards that honor students who have demonstrated academic excellence and exemplary character, while making significant contributions to the Maine Maritime Academy community. The ceremony will be in Delano Auditorium and livestreamed at 9:00 a.m.

More Information

The NROTC Commissioning Ceremony will be on the Leavitt Hall Lawn (rain location: Delano Auditorium) and livestreamed at 2:00 p.m.

Each students will be allocated up to 8 tickets.

Photography provided by Lifetouch Photography and will be available for purchase.

Opt-in to view commencement photos by scanning the QR Code or text 483949GY24 to 90738.

Congratulations seniors! Campus Dining Cordially Invites You to Class of 2024 Graduation Brunch.

Saturday, May 4th, 2024
8:00 AM -10:30 AM

Guests: 14.00 / Person, $7 / Child Under 12, Free for Children Under 2

Carving Station
  • Pit Ham served with Pineapple Relish
  • Beef Brisket served with Horseradish Crema
Eggs Benedict Station

Served with Homemade Lemon Hollandaise

  • Canadian Bacon
  • Rice Paper Vegan Bacon
  • Grilled Eggplant
  • Capicola
  • Steamed Local Greens
  • Maine Crab Meat
Stuffed Maine Wild Blueberry French Toast

Served with Bourbon Apples and Maine Maple Syrup

Fruit Bar with Yogurt Parfaits
Bagel Bar
  • Whipped Butter
  • Whipped Homemade Flavored Cream Cheeses
  • Smoked Salmon
A la Carte
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Spicy House Chicken Sausage Patties
  • Maine Home Fries
  • Brown Sugar Scones
  • Assorted Danish and Breads
  • Homemade, Assorted Cupcakes
Beverage Station
  • Featuring Maine Carrabassett Coffee


Let your neighbors know what your graduate has accomplished by displaying these posters and lawn signs. They can also be used to decorate for your virtual watch party during the event or as photo props. Use the hashtag #MMAGrad when you share photos on social media so we can celebrate with you!

We’ve prepared these art pieces for printing and display by family, friends, and members of the Class of 2024. The files are made available for general use, in celebration of MMA’s graduates and in conjunction with the Class of 2024 Commencement Ceremony on May 4, 2024. Each item has a white portion where the graduate’s name can be written in.

Commencement Posters


Castine Cottages
route 166, 33 Snapp’s Way
Castine, ME 04421

Castine Inn
33 Main St
Castine, ME 04421

House for Rent
Rozie Curran

Pentagoet Inn
26 Maine St
Castine ME 04421

Bucksport (approx. 15 miles)

Bucksport Inn
Bucksport, ME 04416

Fort Knox Inn
Bucksport, ME 04416

Blue Hill (approx. 15 miles)

125 South Street

The Blue Hill Inn
40 Union Street

The Farmhouse Inn
578 Pleasant Street

Orland (approx. 15 miles)

Alamoosook Lakeside Inn
229 Soper Road

Searsport (approx. 27 miles)

Captain Nickels Inn
127 E. Main Street

Homeport Inn & Tavern
121 E. Main Street

Belfast (approx. 35 miles)

Belfast Harbor Inn
91 Searsport Avenue

Fireside Inn & Suites
159 Searsport Ave.

Ellsworth (approx. 35 miles)

Hampton Inn Ellsworth / Bar Harbor
6 Downeast Hwy
Ellsworth, ME 04605

Comfort Inn Ellsworth – Bar Harbor
130 High Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605

Ramada by Wyndham Ellsworth
215 High Street
Ellsworth, ME  04605

Bangor (approx. 35 miles)

Four Points by Sheraton Bangor Airport
308 Godfrey Blvd.
Bangor, ME 04401

Hampton Inn by Hilton Bangor
261 Haskell Rd
Bangor, ME 04401-4240

Hilton Garden Inn Bangor
250 Haskell Rd
Bangor, ME 04401-4241

This is for informational purposes only, and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.
MMA does not recommend one lodging facility over another.


The Breeze & Castine Variety
Corner of Main & Water St

Danny Murphy’s Pub
5 Sea Street

Pentagoet Inn
26 Main Street

Bucksport (approx. 15 miles)

Bucksport House of Pizza
132 Main Street
(207) 469-7511

Glenn’s Place
214 US Route 1

MacLeod’s Restaurant
63 Main Street
(207) 469-3963

Ming’s Garden
Main Street

Warren’s Waterfront Restaurant
96 Main Street

Blue Hill (approx. 15 miles)

33 Main Street
(207) 374-2119

125 South Street
(207) 374-2330

Blaze Blue Hill, ME
66 Main Street
(207) 374 7237

The Farmhouse Inn
578 Pleasant Street
(207) 374-5286

Fish Net
Main Street
(207) 374-5240

Marlintinis Grill Inc.
83 Mines Road
(207) 374-2500

Yanni’s Pizza
137 Ellsworth Road
(207) 374-9999

Siam Sky Thai and Sushi
8 Mill Street
(207) 374-7157

Searsport (approx. 27 miles)

Anglers Restaurant
215 E Main Street
(207) 548-2405

Homeport Inn & Tavern
121 E Main Street
(207) 548-2259

This is for informational purposes only, and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.
MMA does not recommend one restaurant over another.

Do we need tickets for Commencement?

Yes. Each graduate will be given eight paper tickets to distribute as they like. If students don’t have eight guests attending, they are welcome to share the tickets with friends. Children under 4, if sitting on a lap, do not need a ticket.

Can we order graduation announcements?

Yes. Graduation announcement packages are available at

How long is Commencement?

Commencement exercises run approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes.

Will there be option for dining on Saturday?

Yes, the main dining hall will be open from 8:00 to 10:30 am serving brunch. Graduates eat for free and family members may pay at the door. There will also be a concession stand near the field house offering light snacks and beverages for purchase.

Are you offering a web stream of the event this year?

Yes, the web stream is accessible online at this URL:

Will accessible parking be available near the Field House?

Yes, accessible parking is available at the Field House parking lot located adjacent to the football field. MMA personnel will be available to assist visitors with their parking needs and to provide assistance getting to the Field House.

Commencement Parking Map

Requests for disability-related access or accommodations for public events should be directed in advance of the event to MMA’s Accessibility Services at 207-326-2489 or

Will there be an area available to take a photo during commencement?

Yes, an area to the front left of the stage will be roped off and designated for photos during the commencement ceremony. Please note that multiple families will want to take pictures during degree conferral. Enter the area just before your graduate is conferred and exit once your photo is taken to be mindful of others. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

If you have additional questions, please contact Cindra Leeman at 207-326-2485.

If I cannot come to campus, how can I celebrate my graduate?

Photos will be available for purchase. If you would like a program mailed to you, please contact Cindra Leeman at 207-326-2485. Customizable lawn signs will be made available on this website for your use.

Will the MMA Bookstore be on on Saturday, May 4th?

The Bookstore will be open from 9:30 – 11:30 am.