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Virtual December Graduates Reception | December 5, 2020
To our December Graduates of 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, December 5th at 11 a.m. ET we will hold the Class of 2020 Virtual December Graduates Reception.
Again, congratulations! We look forward to celebrating with you!
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 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. 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 degree requirement has been completed. 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.