TRAVERSE CITY — The community is invited to join in Northwestern Michigan College’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of its Great Lakes Maritime Academy at a special event Saturday, Dec. 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Hagerty Center on the Great Lakes campus. Tickets are on sale now at nmc.edu/glma50.
The event will honor Maritime cadets, industry partnerships, and the success of alumni. A division of Northwestern Michigan College, GLMA is one of only six state maritime academies in the United States and the only one located on fresh water. The Academy graduates 50 cadets annually, and the employment rate is virtually 100 percent within 90 days of graduation.
Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, U.S.N., Ret., will serve as the keynote speaker. A 1979 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Buzby earned his Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science and U.S. Coast Guard Third Mate License. He was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in June 1979, is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College, and holds master’s degrees from the U.S. Naval War College in Strategic Studies, and Salve Regina University in International Relations.
The evening includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are $50 per person. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at nmc.edu/glma50 or by calling (231) 995-1021.