CASTINE — Geraldine Knatz, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, will address the graduating class at Maine Maritime Academy’s 66th Commencement on Saturday, May 2, at 11 a.m. in Alexander Fieldhouse.
She will receive an honorary doctorate from the college.
Tyler said, in addition to Knatz’s green initiatives, that her appointment as the first female executive director of the Port of Los Angeles is an accomplishment in keeping with the academy’s commitment to enhancing aspirations for women in math- and science.
Commencement activities will begin at 9 a.m. with the annual awards program in Delano Auditorium, Leavitt Hall. The college’s Class of 2009 includes five Associate in Science, 151 Bachelor of Science and 10 Master of Science degree candidates. The graduating class represents nearly 80 Maine communities and 16 other states, as well as the countries of the Dominican Republic, India, Kuwait, Panama and Turkey.
Tyler and Victoria M. Larson, chairman of the board of trustees, will present diplomas. John Barlow, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, will preside at the exercises. Capt. P.J. Loustaunau, commandant of midshipmen, will conduct the regimental change of command ceremony. The oath of office will be administered to new U.S. Merchant Marine officers by Capt. James B. McPherson, USCG, commander of the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, South Portland. Capt. James D. Settele, USN, commanding officer of MMA’s NROTC unit, will administer the oath of office for Navy officers. A formal commissioning ceremony for Navy officers will take place at 1 p.m. in the Harborview Room of the Harold Alfond Student Center.