For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
National Maritime Day and MMA
National Maritime Day is a United States holiday created in 1933 to recognize the maritime industry. It is observed formally on May 22 every year, the date that the American steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia in 1819 on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power. At MMA, the celebration date may differ slightly from year to year (sometimes those all important Coast Guard Examinations fall in that same week as National Maritime Day!).
Here at the Academy, we observe National Maritime Day by conducting the regimental Change of Command Ceremony, by remembering those in our community who have "passed over the bar" during the previous twelve months, and by recognizing our lead donors at a dinner and medal ceremony in their honor.