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Press Releases

Schnatz Named Head of Physical Education & Athletics at USMMA

KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Aug. 19, 2019) – Superintendent, RADM Jack Buono, and Academic Dean and Provost, Dr. John Ballard, announced Kristofer Schnatz as the new Head of the Department of Physical Education and Athletics at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) today. Schnatz will begin his tenure at Kings Point on Monday, Aug. 19.

USMMA to Host Parents Weekend

KINGS POINT, N.Y. Aug. 19, 2019 - The U. S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point will host Parents Weekend, Sept. 6-8, 2019.

Midshipmen Receive Academic Honors

KINGS POINT, N.Y., August 12, 2019 – In a late May lunch muster ceremony, Rear Admiral Buono, Superintendent, Dr. John Ballard, Academic Dean and Provost, and Captain Mike Stroud, Commandant of Midshipmen, and Commander Paul Acquaro, Director of the Academic Center of Excellence presented Gold and Silver Stars to midshipmen demonstrating academic excellence during the second term of Academic Year 2019.

Plebe Candidates Complete Indoctrination; Superintendent Comments

KINGS POINT, N.Y., July 26, 2019 – Plebe candidates at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point achieved an important milestone this past weekend; the completion of their summer training. The Class of 2023 began the orientation period known as Indoctrination, or Indoc, on July 5, and finished with a late-night Honor Oath ceremony on Saturday, July 20, that marked a change in their status from Plebe Candidate to Plebe in the Regiment of Midshipmen.

USMMA Off-Shore Sailing to Compete in Around Long Island Regatta

KINGS POINT, N.Y., July 25, 2019 – Starting today, July 25, USMMA will compete in the Around Long Island Regatta, which is a 205 nautical mile event combining Ocean, Harbor and Sound racing. The race is open to all sailboats in excess of 24 feet and is designed for sailors at all levels.

What is a “Sick Chit?”

KINGS POINT, N.Y., July 15, 2019 During the Indoctrination training period at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) each year, we get many questions about the Sick Chit, the multi-colored (primarily yellow) card worn around the upper left arm by some Plebe Candidates.

Academy Leadership opens new Obstacle Course at USMMA

KINGS POINT, N.Y., July 7, 2019 - Rear Admiral Jack Buono, Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), along with CAPT Mikel Stroud, Commandant, and Dr. John Ballard, Academic Dean and Provost, officially opened the new confidence-obstacle course at Kings Point recently. Faculty, staff and midshipmen all attended the ribbon-cutting that marked the opening of the course.

For the First Time in 50 Years, a Latin Mass for the Merchant Marine Academy

KINGS POINT, N.Y., June 28, 2019  - The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) is happy to share this interview with recent graduate, ENS Brian Rainwater, '19, which was recently published by "One Peter Five," an online Magazine focusing on Catholic news, commentary, and information. Rainwater, who served as USMMA's Newman (Caltholic) Club President, was responsible for bringing this history-making event to the Mariner's Memorial Chapel at USMMA.