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USMMA Class of 2024 Graduation Weekend Quickly Approaching

KINGS POINT, NY, June 5, 2024 - Tomorrow the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy's (USMMA) Class of 2024 will complete USCG License Exams, their final milestone before graduation. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will deliver the 88th commencement address on Saturday, June 22.

Jake Sullivan is the 28th Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In the Obama-Biden Administration, he served as Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to then-Vice President Biden, Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State, and Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. During his time in government, Sullivan was a lead negotiator in the initial talks that paved the way for the Iran nuclear deal and played a key role in the U.S.-brokered negotiations that led to a ceasefire in Gaza in 2012. He also helped shape the Asia-Pacific rebalance strategy at both the State Department and the White House.

USMMA is proud to repost the timeline of events for the Academy's 88th Commencement and the Class of 2024 Graduation Weekend. 

Any guest who is unable to attend in-person, is invited to participate via livestream. Click to be redirected to MaritimeTV: You are watching Maritime TV ::







1700                Class of 2024 Reports back to the Academy

1800                Brief for Class of 2024 – Ackerman Auditorium

1900                Athletic Awards Ceremony – Ackerman Auditorium


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 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) 2

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).


0800                Colors Formation – Powell Oval 

0900                Commencement Exercises – Tomb Field*

1300                USMC Commissioning – Yocum Sailing Center

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

CONTACT Lisa Donitz AT:


* 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: 

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

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Now Accepting Applications for the Class of 2029