Commencement Announcement

Virtual Commencement Ceremony | June 6, 2020

To the Class of 2020: Congratulations!

We hope you feel great pride in the accomplishment of the many goals you set when starting your Maine Maritime Academy education. While we hoped to be celebrating with you at an in-person ceremony, this year has presented a unique opportunity to hold commencement in a virtual environment. Although this means that your MMA graduation will not look like those of the past, we hope it will be just as memorable.

Commencement marks the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. It is our hope that you are now taking some time to enjoy this moment. We intend to make it a special experience for you and your families.

On Saturday, June 6 at 11 a.m. ET we will hold the Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement. Your classmates, alumni, and faculty will be taking part as guest speakers with special messages for you. We will bring together the traditions of music, memories and ceremony for you and your loved ones to enjoy, now and forever.

Again, congratulations! We look forward to celebrating with you!

Class of 2020 link
A dedicated page for our 2020 grads is coming soon!
Faculty Messages
We have a few surprises…soon to be revealed!

The ceremony will be recorded, so you can watch it anytime. We will also send a recording of the ceremony to all members of the Class of 2020.
Latin Honors (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude) are academic honors earned through achieving specific cumulative grade point averages (GPA) while pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree. For MMA commencement ceremonies, honors designations are based on a student’s cumulative GPA at the end of the preceding Fall semester. However, when a student officially graduates, their transcript and diploma will indicate any honors earned based upon their final cumulative GPA.
Students earn their diploma upon completion of all academic requirements as well as all U.S. Coast Guard requirements if they are enrolled in a license-track degree program. When the MMA registrar has confirmed that a student’s requirements are complete, the diploma production process begins. That process takes approximately 3 to 4 weeks. Once the diploma has been prepared, it is sent to the student at the address provided on the student’s Graduation Intent Form.
For students in an unlimited license program, a student earns their U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) license when all academic and USCG degree requirements have been completed and verified by the MMA registrar. The license is prepared by the National Maritime Center (NMC) and issued to the MMA Registrar’s Office for review and release to the student. Pursuant to an agreement between MMA and the USCG/NMC, we expect to receive licenses in early June for students who completed their degree requirements in May. These licenses will be sent by U.S. mail to students with their diploma. The NMC will continue to prepare licenses as requested by the MMA registrar for students who complete their academic and USCG degree requirements at a later date.
Yes, we have records indicating which students have not yet received their diploma cover. Those graduates will receive their MMA diploma cover when their diploma is mailed to them by the Registrar’s Office.
Your degree conferral date – or your graduation date – is the date when your final academic grade is submitted to the MMA registrar. Given the unique circumstances of this past academic year, some of our students will have May 8, 2020 as their graduation date while others will have later dates because they will complete their academic degree requirements at different times.

The bookstore is working with Josten’s on updated announcements. You can soon purchase personalized announcements on the Josten’s site at https://www.jostens.com/college/college-graduation-announcements.html by specifying Maine Maritime Academy in the “Get Started” form.If you have additional questions that have not been answered here, please contact Cindra Leeman, Executive Assistant to the Provost, at cindra.leeman@mma.edu or 207-326-2485.

Looking for a fun way to send an invitation? Send this ticket electronically to your friends and family.

Electronic Ticket to share

To save ticket file, right click ticket and choose “Save link as”.

The end-of-year academic awards where announced live on May 30, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. during the virtual 2020 Commencement Awards Ceremony. You can learn more about the 28 individual awards at https://mainemaritime.edu/commencement-2020/commencement-awards-ceremony/.

AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING AWARD
Winner: Abigail M. L’AbbéAMERICAN MARITIME OFFICERS SERVICE AWARD
Winners: Engine – Geoffrey Chandler Knight; Deck – Paul Stanley Woodworth

BATH IRON WORKS SERVICE AWARD
Winner: James Ronald Trentham

BOSTON MARINE SOCIETY AWARD
Winner: Rory Patrick McMahon

CAPTAIN ALBION F. COFFIN MEMORIAL AWARD
Winner: Merlin J. Murphy

CAPTAIN ALLAN K. CAMERON, JR., USN RETIRED, MEMORIAL AWARD
Winner: Noah R. Shibley

CAPTAIN ARTHUR FOURNIER AWARD
Winner: Chalker William Kingry

CAPTAIN CHRISTOPHER KOPANG MEMORIAL AWARD
Winner: Rory Patrick McMahon

CAPTAIN ROBERT SPEAR AWARD
Winner: Hunter J. Giacomuzzi

CARGO AWARD
Winner: Cory Everett O’Connell & Robert C. Jewell, III

DR. LEV S. SHEIBA AWARD
Winner: James Ronald Trentham

HENRY BROOKS AWARD IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS & LOGISTICS
Winner: Ashley T. Elder

HOLMES/VALLIERE/YOUNG AWARD IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND LOGISTICS
Avae Laurin Traina

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS AWARD
Winner: Cameron James Bourque

LOEB-SULLIVAN SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS & LOGISTICS FACULTY AWARD
Winners: Rachel Elaine Bunker & Quanah Gaitings-Harrod

MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Winner: Conary Hamlin Moore

MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY CORE VALUE AWARD IN MEMORY OF CAPTAIN DR. WALLACE S. REED
Winner: Autumn Acord

MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY DEPARTMENT OF ARTS & SCIENCES AWARD
Winner:Alexa J. Cacacie

MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY PARENTS ASSOCIATION AWARD
Winner – Engineering: Donald M. Hustus
Winner – International Business & Logistics: Donald M. Hustus
Winner – Marine Transportation Operations: Edward John Gilmore, Jr.
Winner – Ocean Studies: Katelyn A. Smith

MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY STUDENT CITIZENSHIP AWARD
Winners: Rachel Bunker & Justin Waceken

MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY STUDENT LIFE AWARD
Winner: Avae Laurin Traina

MARINE TRANSPORTATION FACULTY AWARD
Winner: Rheann June Dionne

NATHAN CORNING AWARD
Winner: Jessica Marie Lindsay

NAVIGATION AWARD
Winner: David C. Ramage

OCEAN STUDIES RESEARCH AWARD
Winner: Alexa J. Cacacie

PENOBSCOT BAY AND RIVER PILOTS AWARD
Winner: Matthew Scott McCarty

SPILL CONTROL ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA AWARD
Winner:Sydney Kathleen Adams

WALTER TRAVIS AWARD
Winner: Jakob John Hemmerlein

The 77th commencement is part of a long history of tradition at Maine Maritime Academy. Learn more about academy leadership and history at the links below.