The Massachusetts Maritime Academy celebrated its 179th commencement exercises on Saturday, June 18. Held on the Parade Field of the academy’s Buzzards Bay campus, 385 graduates in seven bachelor of science programs and three master of science programs had their degrees conferred in a single ceremony, the academy wrote in a press release
Robert Uggla, chief executive officer of A.P. Møller Holding, was the keynote speaker. He communicated the importance of being responsible global citizens; spoke of the fragility of the international supply chain and how organizations that are well-prepared to respond will become leaders across the globe; discussed optimism and opportunity in the maritime industry; and underscored the need for industry and global leaders who lead with empathy, the press release said.
During the ceremony, Mr. Uggla and The Honorable Ronald J. Mariano, Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, were named honorary members of the Class of 2022.
This year’s co-valedictorians were Gage Ramsden of Lakeville, who majored in emergency management and will be commissioned into the US Navy in September, and Camryn Roberts-Capak of Centerville, who majored in marine science safety and environmental protection and will be joining the Army Corps of Engineers in Anchorage, Alaska.
Graduates are pursuing careers in emergency management, engineering, law enforcement, logistics, maritime management, nuclear energy, the offshore wind industry and shipping.
Graduation events started last Friday evening, June 17, with the traditional Ring Ceremony.
“Members of the Class of 2022 honored the tradition of dipping their class rings into the waters of the seven seas and joined the ranks of all Massachusetts Maritime Academy alumni. Following the ring ceremony, graduates joined family members, alumni and friends at the Sunset Reception inside the academy’s Pande Dining Hall,” the press release said.