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USMMA Operations Status During a Lapse in Funding
In the event of a lapse in appropriations after September 30, 2023, the United States Merchant Marine Academy will remain open for normal operations.

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USMMA to Host 45th Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

KINGS POINT, N.Y., November 22, 2022 - The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) invites our friends and neighbors to the Festival of Lights interfaith holiday celebration. The Festival of Lights has been an annual tradition at USMMA for the past 45 years.  Please join us as we welcome the holiday season.

Place:  USMMA Mariners’ Memorial Chapel, 300 Steamboat Road, Kings Point, N.Y.

Date:  Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Time:  7 p.m.

Seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to arrive early.

Those requiring disability seating and drop-off instructions, please email:

In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks are no longer required to attend on-campus events but may be worn at the discretion of each visitor. (Please check this page for any changes to this policy.)

About USMMA.

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, located in Kings Point, N.Y, educates and graduates leaders of exemplary character who are inspired to serve the national security, marine transportation, and economic needs of the United States as licensed Merchant Marine Officers and commissioned officers in the Armed Forces. The Academy, which was established under the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, was dedicated as the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is administered by the Maritime Administration under the auspices of the Department of Transportation.

On the web: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

On Facebook: @USMMAOfficial

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