The afternoon before they received their SUNY Maritime degrees, 17 students received their commissions into the U.S. Navy.
Of the 17, two were commissioned as surface warfare officers and upon graduation will report to U.S.S. Shiloh deployed and homeported in Yokosuka, Japan and U.S.S. Somerset homeported in San Diego, CA.
Four were commissioned as submarine warfare officers and will report to Nuclear Power School in Charleston, SC.
The rest were commissioned as strategic sealift officers and will work in the U.S. Naval Reserves.
Four students received swords from representatives of the U.S. Navy League New York and Long Islands chapters, New York Naval Militia and the Surface Navy Association in recognition of their academic excellence, leadership and athletic prowess.
Ensign Michael Adams was the class’ valedictorian and was honored the next day at the commencement ceremony.
He was one of the three Seaman-to-Admiral 21 program selectees graduating from SUNY Maritime College this year to receive his commission.