Commencement activities began on May 4, as graduating seniors enjoyed a picnic, champagne toast and senior picture. Later that evening, seniors receiving awards were invited to a special Awards Dinner in which students were recognized for their academic excellence by School Deans, the Provost, and President Alfultis. Awards were then presented to each student as family members looked on with pride and support.
On the morning of Commencement day, May 5, 17 ensigns were commissioned as Officers during the NROTC Commissioning Ceremony. These newly commissioned Officers will proudly serve the country.
The Commencement Ceremony recognized the graduates of January, May, July and September 2023. Vincenzo Ventricelli served at Class Valedictorian while Captain Zeita Merchant, Commander, Sector New York, Captain of the Port, USCG offered the Keynote Speech to the graduates. In her congratulatory remarks, she said, “Through our shared experience, we are part of a rich community of service in maritime. As future leaders of our maritime industry and armed forces, become the necessity to not only meet the challenges ahead, but to embrace change. I challenge you to get comfortable with being uncomfortable as there is no comfort in growth zone and no growth in the comfort zone. Congratulations to the Class of 2023! Bravo Zulu on a job well done!”
Visit the Maritime College Flickr account to view and download Commencement photos.