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CASTINE, Maine – The Honorable David T. Matsuda, Maritime Administrator. will address the graduating class at the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) 69th Commencement on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 11 a.m., in the Alexander Fieldhouse. As Maritime Administrator, Matsuda is the highest ranking official of the Maritime Administration of the United States. In this role he advises and assists the U.S. Secretary of Transportation on commercial maritime matters, the U.S. maritime industry, and strategic sealift.
“The Maritime Administration is critical to the furtherance of U.S. maritime trade, workforce development, and maritime education,” said MMA President, Dr. William J. Brennan. “The partnership that Maine Maritime Academy and our fellow state maritime academies have with the Maritime Administration is vital to our success. We’re honored that Maritime Administrator Matsuda will travel to Maine to welcome the newest contingent of professional mariners to the industry.”
Commencement activities will begin at 9 a.m. with the annual awards program in Delano Auditorium, Leavitt Hall. The college’s class of 2012 includes 1 associate in science, 176 bachelor of science, and 12 master of science degree candidates. An additional 29 associate in science degree candidates from the college’s educational program with Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, will participate in commencement exercises. The graduating class represents more than 100 Maine communities and 21 other states, as well as Canada, China, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Ukraine.
Seating at this year’s ceremony will be limited and admission to the Alexander Fieldhouse will be by guest ticket only for all spectators. Overflow seating will be available for non-ticketholders in Smith Gymnasium. Guests seated in this area will be able to watch a remote broadcast of the ceremony. The college will also sponsor a live webstream broadcast of the ceremony, enabling family and friends to watch the event online. Live webstreaming will begin at 11 a.m. and can be accessed at the following internet address: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/mmaadmin.portal#
MMA President, Dr. William J. Brennan, and Capt. Robert J. Peacock, III, Eastport, Maine, chair of the board of trustees, will present diplomas. Dr. John Barlow, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, will preside at the exercises. Capt. P.J. Loustaunau, commandant of midshipmen, will conduct the regimental change of command ceremony. The oath of office will be administered to new U.S. Merchant Marine officers by Capt. Wayne Muilenburg, USCG. Capt. Thomas A. Buterbaugh, USN, commanding officer of MMA's NROTC unit, will administer the oath of office for Navy officers. A formal commissioning ceremony for Navy officers will take place one hour following the conclusion of Commencement, at approximately 1:30 p.m., on the lawn in front of Leavitt Hall. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Delano Auditorium in Leavitt Hall.