Letter from the Admiral on Commencement

(June 15, 2020)
 
I write today to inform the Academy community of the plan for Commencement 2020. 
 
After careful consideration of many factors, including the most up to date COVID-19 health guidelines and the Commonwealth's reopening plans, and with a focus on properly celebrating the incredible accomplishments of the graduates, I am pleased to announce that our Commencement will be an in-person series of celebrations, held by major, over the June 26-28 weekend. 
 
In order to do this in a safe manner, we will hold each event in our gymnasium parking lot with each graduate/family limited to one vehicle. Further, any guests joining the graduate must remain in the vehicle for the duration of the respective event, enjoying the celebration 'drive-in movie' style. The graduates will be allowed to exit the vehicle and, with proper social distancing in place, be seated with their shipmates. They will be called to the stage individually at the appropriate time to receive their degree and a dedicated photographer will provide each family with a professional close-up shot of this special moment. The event will also be live-streamed so that extended family and friends, or those who may find it safer to remain at home, may watch the event live.
 
The schedule for Commencement 2020 is as follows:
 
Friday June 26
1800 - All Masters degree candidates
 
Saturday June 27
0900 - BS in Marine Engineering
1200 - BS in Facilities Engineering
1500 - BS in Marine Transportation
 
Sunday June 28
0900 - BS in International Maritime Business
1200 - BS in Energy Systems Engineering and BS in Marine Science, Safety & Environmental Protection
1500 - BS in Emergency Management
 
Additional information including specific logistics and medical protocols will be sent via email to each graduate and posted on the Academy website not later than June 19, 2020. It is imperative that all graduates and all guests comply with these directives.
 
I thank the entire community for your patience and support while we toiled to put together the best possible program given the unprecedented circumstances which we all are facing. 
 
My very best regards,
 
 
Francis McDonald, LPD

Rear Admiral, USMS
President
Massachusetts Maritime Academy