U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Commencement Ceremony. Graduation for the Class of 2016

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

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U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2016 to Graduate
Commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Gen. Darren W. McDew to Deliver Commencement Address

KINGS POINT, N.Y. - On Saturday, June 18, at 10:00 a.m., 229 future Merchant Marine and Military Officers will graduate from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The Commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Gen. Darren W. McDew, has been chosen as their keynote speaker.

Graduates represent nearly every state, as well as Malaysia, South Korea and the Republic of Panama. Approximately 2,500 guests are expected to attend the event, including family members of the graduating class, and distinguished visitors representing the federal government, flag and general officers from the U.S. Military, senior executives from the maritime industry, community leaders, alumni, faculty and staff.


Saturday, June 18, at 10:00 a.m.


Tomb Field, 300 Steamboat Road, Kings Point, N.Y. 11024-1699
Media may park at the Admissions Building. Check-in at tent near O’Hara Hall.


Commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Gen. Darren W. McDew, USAF
Superintendent, Rear Adm. James A. Helis, USMS, Ph.D.
Deputy Superintendent, Rear Adm. Susan L. Dunlap, USMS
Interim Academic Dean, Capt. David J. Palmer, USMS, Ph.D.
Rear Adm. Philip H. Greene, Jr., USN, Retired, Class of ‘78
Class President: Benjamin Morris, Hometown: Panama City, Fla.
Valedictorian: Thomas Kloepfer, Hometown: Amityville, N.Y.

*** All press must register by June 16, and arrive by 9:00 a.m. on June 18 to be admitted on the Academy grounds. ***

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, located in Kings Point, N.Y, educates and graduates licensed merchant mariners and leaders of exemplary character who will serve America’s marine transportation and defense needs in peace and war. The U.S. Merchant Marine is administered by the Maritime Administration under the auspices of the Department of Transportation.

Link to the On-Demand Maritime TV Webcast of the Graduation of the Class of 2015

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