General Joseph F. Dunford Jr. PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL C. GUINTO

Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff to speak at MMA commencement



CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy presents its 2016 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m. at the Alexander Field House. General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the college’s commencement speaker. Dunford has been commandant of the Marine Corps and is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer and the principal military advisor to the president, secretary of defense and National Security Council.

“We are honored that General Dunford will deliver the send-off to the Class of 2016,” MMA President William Brennan said. “As our nation’s top military adviser and seasoned Marine Corps commander, General Dunford exemplifies service and leadership. Our students strive to embody both qualities – in their careers and in their lives.”

Overflow seating will be provided in the Margaret Chase Smith Gymnasium, which is connected to the Field House complex. Overflow seating will not require tickets, and attendees can watch the ceremony on large screens in real time.

The college also will sponsor a live webstream broadcast of the ceremony. The webstream will begin at 11 a.m. and can be accessed on the school’s website.

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