Homecoming Update: Event Cancellation – Please Read – 8/26/21
Dear Maine Maritime Academy Alumni,
After much deliberation, the Alumni Association Board and Maine Maritime Academy leadership have decided to cancel our in-person Homecoming this fall due to the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We now are seeing breakthrough cases of the virus in our community and in Castine. Case levels of the virus are rising in our county, which has been declared by the CDC as a high transmission county, and cases are very high in adjacent counties. Hospitalization rates in the state, especially amongst younger patients, are increasing at an alarming rate.
The Academy’s primary mission is to educate students. To support that critical goal, and to ensure that MMA can make it through the semester without having to once again close the campus and send everyone home, large campus gatherings are being limited. The Academy’s annual Employee Welcome Symposium was held as a virtual event and Convocation was cancelled in lieu of a hybrid Academic Orientation and Welcome.
We now feel the need to do the same for Homecoming.
The two soccer games scheduled for Saturday, September 11 will go on as planned but only the pre-game Regimental March-On will occur. Currently, alumni and guests are welcome to attend both games but this may change depending on NCAA guidance. Unfortunately, there won’t be any additional Homecoming activities like the Golf Scramble, tailgating tents on Honor Alley, or the Annual Alumni Banquet.
The MMA Alumni Association’s Annual Meeting will be held via Zoom and all alumni are welcome to attend.
While this is not what we hoped for this fall, we feel this the right decision for MMA and our students, especially as COVID has already been detected on campus. Despite our disappointment, we feel responsible for protecting this community and we thank you for your understanding.
We look forward to welcoming you back to campus in 2022.
Dr. William J. Brennan
Bill Full ’76
President, Alumni Association Board