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Turning Tides is the Academy's literature and arts journal. Current students, staff, and faculty are invited to submit pieces for publication each year. Submissions are selected for publication by the student editorial staff.

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Massachusetts Maritime Academy's yearbook, "The Muster", is a 140 page collection of memories and portraits for the academic year.  From covert to cover, the yearbook is designed and created by the SGA yearbook committee which consists of underclass cadets and led by an Editor, who is typically an upperclassmen.

The process to create the book starts in August with Pre-Orientation for the Cadre and the Orientation program for incoming Cadet Candidates and ends the following year in July/Aug after the commissioning and commencement ceremonies. Student photographers take pictures throughout the year at different activities and ceremonies held on campus.




cover of the magazine

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Demonstrating the importance of partnerships between industry professionals and our community, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Distinguished Lecture Series was designed to expose cadets to the realities of life after MMA and provide real-world advice based on personal journey. 

The Series invites selected individuals who represent the best of what the Academy aspires its cadets to become and who have achieved the highest levels of success as professionals representing any one of the Academy's seven major courses of study.  During the visit, the lecturer will participate in a full day of activities including a presentation, informal discussions and a campus tour. The lectures are open to all cadets, faculty, staff, alumni and the local community. 

Previous lecturers have included:

  • Angela Chao
    • Deputy Chairman, Foremost Group - A global shipping and transportation company, Angela is an expert on the shipping industry and U.S.-Chinese relations.
  • Bill Cummings
    • Founder, Cummings Properties, LLC - Local real estate magnate, philantropist, and author of "Starting Small and Making It Big: An Entrepreneur's Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist".
  • Admiral William J. Flanagan, Jr., MMA '64, H'96
    • Retired United States Navy Four Star Admiral - Admiral Flanagan who served as Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet from 1994 to 1996. He is a highly respected businessperson, currently serving as President of Noragh Analytics and previous managing director of Cantor Fitzgerald.
  • Matthew McCleery
    • President, Marine Money International - International Marine Business advisor and author of The Shipping Man, a novel about a hedge fund manager's adventures in international shipping.
  • Rear Admiral Dee L. Mewborne
    • Commander, Military Sealift Command (MSC) - Currently in charge of Military Sealift Command and a United States Naval Academy graduate and naval flight officer with an MBA from Colorado State University.
  • Sam Norton
    • President & CEO, OSG Shipping - OSG is a leading provider of energy transportation services, delivering crude oil and petroleum products throughout the world. They own and operate a combined fleet of 24 modern vessels registered in the United States.
  • Christopher J. Wiernicki
    • Chairman, President and CEO, American Bureau Of Shipping (ABS) - Chris is a superb naval architect, engineer and businessperson.



Follow the evolution of Massachusetts Maritime Academy through this beautiful coffee table book, loaded with photographs of the Academy.


cadets at a table with the history book