Massachusetts Maritime Academy Announces Commencement Honorees

Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA;, a top-ranked public university with undergraduate degree programs focusing on science, engineering, technology, math, and business that blend academics and experiential learning, today announced the following honorees who will be recognized during the Class of 2024 Commencement Exercises on Saturday, June 22nd:

  • Brig. Gen. Enoch “Woody” Woodhouse, the last surviving member of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of distinguished all-Black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps. who served in World War II.
  • State Senator Michael J. Rodriques, (D-First Bristol and Plymouth Counties), Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, Chairperson Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Vice Chair Senate Committee on Steering and Policy, and Senate Committee on Bills in the Third Reading.
  • Leon Topalian, a member of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Class of ’90, Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nucor, a manufacturer of steel and steel products with operating facilities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
  • Evangelos Marinakis, Founder and Chairman of Capital Maritime Trading Corp. and one of the leading shipowners in the maritime industry.

“It is with great pleasure that we announce this year’s commencement exercise honorees,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “Each of these outstanding individuals are held in esteemed respect for their distinctive contributions within their fields and to society in general.” 

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About Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA): MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering Bachelor and Master of Science degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. For more than 100 years, MMA has prepared women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation’s finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. Located on Cape Cod, at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the ideal college to pursue the love for the ocean, concern for the environment, interest in math and science, and a thirst for adventure. Follow MMA on FB:  @massmaritime, @MassMaritime.Advancement; IG: @massmaritime, @mmacademyalumni; Twitter: @MMAadmissions, @MMAcademyAlumni; YouTube: Massachusetts Maritime Academy.