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USMMA "Class of 2017" Officially Become Midshipmen

KINGS POINT, N.Y., April 14, 2013 – Today, Captain Jay Kennedy, Commandant of Midshipmen at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point, officially recognized the Class of 2017 as Midshipmen. “I am very proud of the class of 2017 for what they have accomplished.  This was an unusual and challenging year for them but they remained motivated, bonded as a class, and accomplished what they needed to in order to earn recognition as Fourth Class Midshipmen.”

The Plebes assembled in Ackerman Auditorium for a scheduled regimental period, not knowing if they would hear the long-awaited announcement. After a briefing by Commander Andrew McCarthy, Supervisory Training Officer, they were told that they had five minutes to change into boiler suits and muster in formation to commence with recognition activities.

Regimental Commander, MIDN Connor McGowan addressed the Fourth Class. He said, “Class of 2017, congratulations on your achievement in becoming 4th classmen. I am honored to be able to welcome the class as a full part of the Regiment of Midshipmen. Let no one tell you that your accomplishment is not great. You have overcome the great challenge of plebe year and grown together in forming your class. As part of the Regiment of Midshipmen you are now directly responsible for how the regiment operates, functions, and changes. It is now just as much your regiment as the classes before you. With this, be mindful that your actions and works will shape the regiment.”

The newest midshipmen are glad that they no longer will have to square corners, run to class or maintain the plebe regulation haircut. Most importantly, they are thrilled to finally be called midshipmen.

Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014