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USMMA Announces 2024 Graduation Weekend Dates and Activities

KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 2, 2024) – Today, The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) released the timeline of events for the Academy's 88th Commencement and the Class of 2024 Graduation Weekend. 

The timeline is subject to change; the Academy encourages families and friends to review this page regularly as any changes, should they be necessary, will be posted here.

Any guest who is unable to attend in-person, is invited to participate via livestream; details will be released at a later date. 

 

 

 

UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY

GRADUATION WEEKEND 2024

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2024

1700 Class of 2024 Reports back to the Academy

1800 Brief for Class of 2024 – Ackerman Auditorium

1900 Athletic Awards Ceremony – Mariner Estate

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2024

0730 2024 Class Photo – Tomb Field

0800 Graduation Rehearsal—Tomb Field (Class of 2024 muster on Steamboat Road)

1030 Awards Convocation Rehearsal - Ackerman Auditorium

1130 Change of Command Ceremony- Powell Oval-Wiley Hall

1200 Barbecue for Midshipmen, Parents & Guests at Eldridge Pool (Rain location: Delano Hall) Midshipmen free; Parents and Guests, Faculty & Staff – $22 per person – Advance ticket sales1

1900-2300 Senior Cruise – Sponsored by the Class of 2024 (See your midshipman for details)

Dress for Thursday is casual: e.g., slacks and sport shirts for men; dresses, skirts or slacks for women.

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2024

0800 Colors Formation – Powell Oval

1000 Awards Convocation - Ackerman Auditorium

1300-1400 USAF/USCG/USA Service Commissioning’s

1430-1600 Baccalaureate Service - Speaker: Rear Adm Gregory Todd, Chief of Chaplains of the Navy

1900-2300 Graduation Ball - Eldridge Pool Area

Advance tickets required (Midshipmen free/all others $25 per person) 

Dress for Friday daytime is casual. Dress for Parents and dates attending the Ball is formal (Dinner Dress White Jacket or equivalent for military personnel, black tie, tuxedoes, dinner jackets, or dark suits for men; cocktail dresses or gowns for women).

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2024

0700 USMC Commissioning – Yocum Sailing Center

0800 Colors Formation – Powell Oval

0900 Commencement Exercises – Tomb Field*

 

OPTIONAL LUNCHEON - $15 /per person sponsored by the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation

CONTACT Lisa Donitz AT: ldonitz@usmmaalumni.com  

TO PURCHASE TICKETS usmmaalumni.com/graduation

OPTIONAL LUNCHEON - $15 /per person sponsored by the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation

 

* NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, graduation will take place in O’Hara Hall, with limited seating. The ceremony will be simulcast in Ackerman Auditorium, rain or shine.

 

1Meal tickets for Thursday Lunch BBQ must be purchased in advance from the Delano commissary.

Tickets must be purchased by June 15th. Purchase tickets at: https://square.link/u/6tpG7tqL

2 Tickets for the Graduation Ball can be purchased via Venmo @USMMA-NAFI  For further information, contact Mr. Tom O’Boyle via email at oboylet@usmma.edu

Hat Toss

Class of 2029 Applications Open 1 May 2024