News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 23, 2018
Maine Maritime Academy- Back to School

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President: Dr. William Brennan
Convocation: Thursday, September 13
First day: Tuesday, August 28

Various programs link the community and academy, as detailed below.

Student Sponsor Program

The Student Sponsor Program seeks community volunteers to serve as host families for out-of-state students new to the college this year. Initiated more than 10 years ago, the program is designed to pair new students with faculty, staff, and community hosts. The program gives new students a chance to meet members of the MMA and Castine communities as a way to ease the transition to college life. In turn, members of the community gain an insider’s view of student life and activities at the college and develop relationships with students. Sponsors must live within a reasonable distance of the academy and are requested to attend a reception to introduce sponsors and students and review the expectations of the program. The reception will be held on Monday, September 24, at 4 p.m. in the Harborview dining room (Alfond Student Center) on campus. Prospective sponsors must fill out applications, available at the Castine Town Office or by calling Rhonda Varney at 326-2220. Sponsors are asked to host one student per year and are welcome to host up to four at a time.

Job bulletin board

The office of Career Services maintains a free, online job bulletin platform for students and the community. Prospective employers in the greater Castine area can post job notices free of charge. Jobs posted include yard work, snow removal, home repairs and painting, baby-sitting, house cleaning, clerical work, house-sitting and pet care. Employment may be ongoing, periodic, or one-time. Details such as wage, personal and professional references, and verification of professional skills are the responsibility of the potential employer and student employee. The public can take advantage of this job-posting opportunity throughout the year. Register at Create an account, and once approved you can post, edit and delete your job. Contact or call 326-2276 if assistance is required.


A variety of sports information can be found on the school’s website, including schedules, stats and live web casts of some matches. Visit Regular season matches are free and the public is welcome.

Continuing Education

For continuing education, visit


September 13 Convocation
September 28-30 Homecoming Weekend
October 6-7 Class of 2022 Regimental Induction Weekend
October 8 Columbus Day, no classes
October 18 18th Annual Career Fair
November 12 Veterans Day Celebration
November 10 Navy/Marine Corps Ball
November 19-23 Thanksgiving break
December 10-14 Final exams
December 15 - January 13 Winter break
January 14 Classes resume
March 5-9 Spring break
March 25 Regimental Awards Banquet
April 3 Student Life Awards Banquet
April 29-May 3 Final exams
May 5 Cruise begins in port
May 4 Commencement
May 9 T/S State of Maine departs