Commencement 2023

Congratulations, Class of 2023!

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 6, 2023 | 11:30 a.m. (ET)

9:00 amAcademic Awards CeremonyDelano Auditorium, Leavitt Hall
11:30 amCommencement CeremonyAlexander Field House
2:00 pmNROTC Commissioning CeremonyDelano Auditorium, Leavitt Hall
The Eightieth Commencement
Saturday, May 6 | 11:30 a.m.
Academic Procession

Marshal: Captain Samuel Teel ’77
Professor of Marine Transportation and Nautical Science

National Anthem

Keenan Schaeffer


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

Moment of Reflection

Reverend Andi Lloyd

Class Message

Captain Samuel Teel ’77
Professor of Marine Transportation and Nautical Science

President’s Greeting

Jerald S. Paul ’89
President of Maine Maritime Academy

Trustee’s Greeting

Jason Oney ’96
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Commencement Address

The Honorable Susan M. Collins
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

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

Senator Susan Collins

Senator Susan Collins

United States Senate

As the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Susan Collins wields her influence, seniority, and experience to benefit the people of Maine and America. Her committee holds jurisdiction over all discretionary spending for the federal government. Since 2021, when Congress reinstituted Congressionally Directed Spending, Senator Collins has successfully advocated for more than $500 million for 285 Maine projects that will promote job creation, workforce training, and economic development; expand access to health care; improve public safety, infrastructure, and community resources; and protect our environment.

Senator Collins also serves as the Ranking Member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees and sets the annual budget for the Department of Defense. She received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society for her work to support veterans, and she received the Navy’s highest public service award from the Secretary of the Navy for her tireless advocacy of shipbuilding programs. In addition to her role on the Appropriations Committee, Senator Collins is a member of the Intelligence Committee and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

Senator Collins first joined the Appropriations Committee in 2009 and previously served as both the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee. She has secured nearly $1 billion in competitive transportation grants for the State of Maine since 2009. She is also the former Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and the Aging Committee.

First elected in 1996, Senator Collins has earned a national reputation as an effective legislator who works across party lines to seek consensus on our nation’s most important issues. She was reelected in 2002, 2008, 2014, and 2020. In 2020, she made history by becoming the first-ever Republican woman in the nation to win a fifth term. She is also the first popularly elected U.S. Senator from Maine to be elected to a fifth term. She is the eighth-most senior member of the Senate and the most senior Republican woman.

Senator Collins has repeatedly ranked as the most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University. Known for her Maine work ethic, Senator Collins has cast more than 8,500 consecutive votes and holds the longest perfect voting record in the history of the U.S. Senate.

When people in Washington want to solve a problem, they turn to Maine’s senior U.S. Senator. Throughout her Senate service, Senator Collins has worked with members of both parties to advance landmark legislation to improve the lives of all Americans. Early in her tenure, Senator Collins led the fight with Senator Dick Durbin to repeal a $50 billion tax break for the tobacco industry. In 2004, she and Senator Joe Lieberman co-authored a law that overhauled the nation’s intelligence community, improving its effectiveness while protecting civil liberties. She was the lead Republican in the successful effort to repeal the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in December 2010. Her leadership was instrumental in ending the 16-day government shutdown in October 2013 as well as the shutdown in February 2018. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Senator Collins co-authored the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was a lifeline to millions of small businesses across the country. In Maine, tens of thousands of small businesses received $3.2 billion in forgivable PPP loans, supporting the jobs of hundreds of thousands of Mainers.

Senator Collins has had a long-standing interest in health care. In 1997, she founded the Senate Diabetes Caucus and has led the effort to more than triple federal funding for diabetes research. As the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, she has worked to increase funding for Alzheimer’s research and to strengthen support for family caregivers. She has championed efforts to lower the cost of prescription drugs and launched the Senate’s first bipartisan investigation into the causes, impacts, and potential solutions to egregious pharmaceutical price increases.

Senator Collins is also a tireless advocate for improving the quality and accessibility of education and has visited and read to children at more than two hundred schools across Maine. A champion for America’s small businesses, Senator Collins is proud of the 100 percent rating she receives from the National Federation of Independent Business, our nation’s leading small business organization.

Constituent service has always been one of Senator Collins’ top priorities. During her time in the Senate, she has helped tens of thousands of Mainers resolve issues with federal agencies at six constituent service centers throughout Maine.

Senator Collins was born on December 7, 1952, and raised in Caribou, Maine, where her family runs a sixth-generation lumber business, founded by her ancestors in 1844. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Lawrence University, she is married to Thomas A. Daffron and resides in Bangor, Maine.

Susan Collins - U.S. Senator for Maine

This year, we are pleased to announce 30 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 in 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 483949GY23 to 90738.

Life Touch QR Code

Congratulation’s seniors! Campus Dining Cordially Invites You to Class of 2023 Graduation Brunch.

Saturday, May 6th, 2023
8:00 AM -10:30 AM

Guests: 15.00 / Person, $8 / 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
  • Local Tofu Bacon
  • Grilled Eggplant
  • Hot Capicola
  • 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
  • Homemade, Flavored Whipped Butters
  • 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-Brewed Benbow’s 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 2023. The files are made available for general use, in celebration of MMA’s graduates and in conjunction with the Class of 2023 Commencement Ceremony on May 6, 2023. Each item has a white portion where the graduate’s name can be written in.

Examples Signs & Posters


Castine Cottages
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

Pine Shore Motel
1171 Acadia Highway

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

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.

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 6th?

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

Questions or requests about 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