Maritime College’s Commencement will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019, in St. Mary’s Pentagon, Fort Schuyler


2019 Commencement Speaker: Captain James C. DeSimone ‘73

General Information for students, families, and guests:

Each student is entitled to five (5) tickets that permit their guest(s) to reserved seating in St. Mary’s Pentagon. Due to Fire Marshal Restrictions, graduates are not permitted to bring more than 5 guests into St. Mary’s Pentagon.  Additional guests can watch the commencement live streamed on campus in the Maritime Academic Center (MAC). Family and friends that are unable to attend the ceremony can go to and watch it live-streamed from anywhere. No one will be permitted into St. Mary’s Pentagon without a ticket.


Monday, April 15th 

9:30am – 4:30pm - Pick up of invitation and entry tickets for graduation. On or after Monday, April 15th, students may pick invitations and entry tickets from Mrs. Pat Norman in the Office of Student Affairs. Only the graduate can pick up their tickets and identification will be required at that time. 


Thursday, May 2nd  

4:30 PM – Class of 2019 Special Senior Toast

You are cordially invited to join Admiral and Kim Alfultis to celebrate the graduating Class of 2019 with a special senior toast.  

Date: May 2, 2019 

Time: 4:30 PM (Toasting promptly at 5:15 PM)

Location: Quarters 1 (One) Lawn

RSVP: You MUST RSVP for this event. Please notify Pat Norman if you plan to attend and bring a guest when you pick up your graduation tickets.  

6:30 PM – Senior Awards Ceremony – Special Events Room. Recipients of senior awards are notified and invited by the Provost. Due to limited space, you are allowed only two guests. Dress is business attire for civilian students. The uniform for cadets is salt and peppers. 


Friday, May 3rd - Commencement Day 

9:00 AM – All Regimental students will be inspected for proper grooming under the overhang in the Quad.  Students failing to meet grooming standards will not be permitted to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

10:30 AM – Formation of academic procession. All graduates are to meet at the east curb, south side of the Sallyport. The dress is cap and gown for civilian and graduate students. The uniform for cadets will be salt and peppers. Officers will wear appropriate service uniforms. 

11:00 AM – Commencement ceremony begins 


Additional Information:

Caps and Gowns (civilian students) 

Must be ordered through the Ship’s Store, no later than Friday, April 19, 2019. Please email Paul Maggio at with the following information: Name, Height and the Type of Degree you will be receiving.

Wheel Chair Seating

Please email Ms. Pat Norman at if any guest needs wheelchair access.

Diploma and USCG License pick-up

Diplomas will be distributed after commencement in the Learning Center located in Heritage Hall.  If the cadets’ license is available from the US Coast Guard, they will be distributed after Commencement in the Learning Center as well. 

Absent from Commencement

a) Diplomas will be returned to the Office of the Registrar. Diplomas may be picked up from that office on any normal business day after Commencement. (It is suggested that the student call first before coming to the Registrar’s Office 718 409-7266). 

b) USCG Licenses will be returned to the Coordinator of Licensing in the Student Affairs Office. Licenses may be picked up from that office on any normal business day after Commencement.

In order to participate in Commencement exercises in May, students must satisfy all requirements for their degree prior to Commencement. Students who do not successfully complete all degree requirements are ineligible to participate in Commencement exercises.

For students in license degree programs, degree requirements include the passing of all seven modules of the USCG license exam. Students will not be eligible to participate in the May Commencement exercise without having passed all seven (deck) or eight (engine) modules of the USCG license exam.

Outstanding accounts or property owed to the college must be settled before a student is allowed to participate in the Commencement ceremony. The Enrollment Services/Registrar’s Office, which includes Financial Aid and Student Accounts offices, is located in Baylis Hall and is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. 



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