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PRESS ADVISORY:U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2013 to Graduate

Monday, June 10, 2013
Contact: Marcie Katcher
Tel:  516-726-6048

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2013 to Graduate

Gen. William M. Fraser III to Deliver Commencement Address

KINGS POINT, N.Y. - On Monday, June 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., 201 future leaders of the maritime industry will graduate from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The Class of 2013 has chosen General William M. Fraser III, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) to be their keynote speaker.

Graduates represent nearly every state, as well as Malaysia, South Korea, Republic of Panama and Singapore. Approximately 2,300 guests are expected to attend the event, including family members and guests of the graduating class, and distinguished visitors representing the federal government, flag and general officers from the Armed Forces, senior executives from the maritime industry, community leaders, alumni, faculty and staff.

WHAT:           2013 U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Graduation Ceremony

WHEN:           Monday, June 17, at 10:00 a.m.   

                       Tomb Field
                       300 Steamboat Road
                       Kings Point, N.Y. 11024-1699
                       Press check-in: Behind the Admission Building


                      Gen. William M. Fraser III, Commander, USTRANSCOM
                      Acting Maritime Administrator, Paul “Chip” Jaenichen
                      Superintendent, Rear Admiral James Helis, Ph.D.
                      Deputy Superintendent, Rear Admiral Susan Dunlap Class

                       Class President:         Spencer Fletcher
                       Home Town:                 LaBelle, Florida

                       Valedictorian:               Tyler William Driscoll
                       Home Town:                 Lancaster, N.H.


WHAT:           Change of Command Ceremony

VISUAL:        In a formal ceremony, the Class of 2013 will transfer leadership roles to the Class of 2014.  Following the ceremony, the graduating class will celebrate by jumping into Eldridge Pool in their summer whites.

WHEN:          Saturday, June 15, at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:        Powell Oval – Wiley Hall (Rain location: Delano Hall)

*** All press must register by June 14 to be admitted on the academy grounds.  Please RSVP to  with the name of your news outlet, reporter and crew, telephone number and email address.

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, located in Kings Point, N.Y, educates and graduates merchant mariners and leaders of exemplary character who will serve America’s maritime 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.

On the web:

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Maritime Administration
Department of Transportation

Updated: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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