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Originally published in Castine Patriot, April 1, 2021
Maine Maritime Academy to hold in-person commencement

by Eli Forman

After such a unconventional academic year, seniors at Maine Maritime Academy will get a dose of tradition next week as the institution plans to hold a small, in-person commencement ceremony on Thursday, April 8.

According to a press release received by the Patriot, although the ceremony will be conducted in person, it will be limited to current students and relevant staff only.

“I wish I could see 1,000 people in our field house celebrating the wonderful accomplishments [of the students], but we have to keep everyone in this community safe,” said Maine Maritime Academy President William Brennan.

The ceremony will be live-streamed on MMA’s website ( social media platforms so students’ families can participate virtually.

Just like any normal graduation, there will also be a commencement address. This year’s speech will be given by Retired United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne.

Due in part to a vigilant regime of surveillance testing and the strict maintenance of safety protocols, MMA has managed to successfully conduct in-person classes for the entirety of the spring semester. The campus has remained closed to the public since March 2020, a policy that will not change despite the recent easing of state restrictions.

As the class of 2021 leaves behind an unprecedented and unusual finale to their college careers, class president Hayden Sattler expressed appreciation and excitement.

“This is not what anyone expected the end of our career at MMA to look like,” said Sattler in the press release. “We will make the most of it and we’re excited about having a chance to celebrate together.”