Commencement 2023

Consistent with contemporary practice at most institutions of higher education including the other State Maritime Academies and nearly all SUNY campuses, Maritime College will recognize and celebrate its graduates at one commencement ceremony annually in May. The multi-day event includes a senior picnic, senior toast, award ceremony and dinner, and concludes with the commencement ceremony.

January degree recipients are invited to participate in the May 2023 ceremonial activities. Transcripts of those individuals who completed their degree requirements in January will indicate a January graduation date.


Commencement will take place on Friday, May 5, 2023.   

Thursday, May 4

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Senior Picnic (Quarters 1)
3:00 PM: Class Photo (Quarters 1)
4:00 PM: Senior Toast (Quarters 1)
6:30 PM: Senior Awards Dinner (by invitation only)

Students who plan to attend the Senior Picnic should RSVP to Ms. Pat Norman at

Friday, May 5

9:00 AM: NROTC Commissioning Ceremony immediately followed by Veteran's Recognition Ceremony
10:00 AM: Doors Open for Commencement
11:00 AM: Commencement (St. Mary's Pentagon)

Each graduate will be allowed 4 guests. 

Attire for Cadets

Officers will wear appropriate service uniforms. At Commencement, all cadets will be inspected for proper grooming. 

Attire for Civilian Students

Cap and gown is required for all civilian graduates. 

View Livestream

For those unable to attend in person, the Commencement Ceremony at 11:00 AM will be available for viewing via Livestream here.

Past Commencement Videos