Indoc ends with graduation Saturday

Thursday, August 24, 2017


Indoc ends with graduation Saturday

CLICK HERE to view the graduation livestream. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26.


While many freshman begin their college experience participating in friendly games to get acclimated to their classmates and the campus, at SUNY Maritime, the 330 entering cadets participate in indoctrination.  

For 10 days, students enrolled in the college’s U.S. Coast Guard license program are introduced to the core principals of the regiment of cadets, its traditions and the training ship Empire State VI. They begin to learn the knowledge and skills necessary to work and live onboard a commercial vessel.

Divided into sections students take courses in sea survival, boat handling, survival craft, seamanship, firefighting and search and rescue. They also complete daily physical training, stand watch on board the Empire State VI, and complete other teambuilding activities.

The program culminates in a graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, on Reinhardt Field. After the ceremony, the MUGs (mariners under guidance) officially become students at SUNY Maritime and members of the college regiment of cadets. The regiment is a disciplined lifestyle program unaffiliated with the military. Membership is required for all students who choose to pursue the Coast Guard license.