Message from the President

(September 3, 2020)
 
Cadets of Massachusetts Maritime Academy,
 
I am glad to see so many of you back on campus and look forward to the day when we can get the entire Regiment back to Buzzards Bay. As we collectively work our way through these unprecedented and incredibly challenging times, I want you to know that I need your help.
 
As I am sure you see in the news, colleges across the country are experiencing COVID increases and many are reverting back to an entirely online delivery of their academic programs. I DON'T WANT TO DO THAT.
 
Not only would it be disruptive to the Class of 2021 as you all work towards finishing your studies, it would present a huge challenge to the underclass as well as we slip even further behind in our academic progress. If we are to be successful, we truly need all hands on deck.  We need to hold ourselves - and each other - accountable for our personal decisions. This includes, as its cornerstone, a selfless commitment to following the oncampus medical protocols. But it is much more than that. Each of our personal decisions that we make when we are on and, arguably more importantly, when we are off campus, is DIRECTLY linked to our chances of success. So, please, from the bottom of my heart, I am asking you to step up 24/7, to be responsible citizens, to remind each other to be responsible and to make the hard decision to do what we know we have to do (especially when no one is looking). We do not get a second chance at this.
 
Cadets of the best maritime university in the nation, I implore you to help make this happen - this is our ONLY chance.
 
Be safe and enjoy the long weekend.
 
V/R,
RADM McDonald