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Friends of Cal Maritime

Empty chairs at commencement Calling all alumni, industry partners, community members and friends…

The Virtual Celebration will take place on Saturday, May 30, at 1300 PDT. A link to the live-streamed event will be shared as we get closer to the event. As we honor the Class of 2020, your participation is appreciated to make it a successful and meaningful celebration. Please see below for a list of ways you can participate.


Celebrate the Class of 2020 by:

  1. Video Submission. Friends of Cal Maritime are encouraged to submit a short video message of congratulations to graduating seniors. Videos will be shared on the Commencement Website.  Deadline for video submissions is May 15th.
  • Due to time considerations, we may not be able to include all messages in the ceremony video, but they will be displayed on the Commencement website and potentially used for social media.
  • Submit your video here.
  • For questions, please contact Allen Birnbach at abirnbach@csum.edu
  • Video should be 10 seconds or less and in horizontal/landscape format. Use earbuds/headset mic connected to your phone or device and don't forget to check the lighting in your room.
  • Say your name, grad year (if Cal Maritime Alum), and message of congratulations to the cadets.
  • Don't add music.
  • Watch this great "How To" video from our sister campus, Humboldt State University for tips on creating a great video at home.
  1. Adopt-a-Grad. This is an opportunity to make our Cal Maritime Grads feel important during this time of uncertainty and loss of a major life milestone due to COVID-19 by reaching out to them and sending a letter, cards, food, a cake, gift basket, whatever you can manage. The submissions have closed. For everyone who submitted their information, we will send you the name(s) and contact information for your graduate(s). Please try to have all surprises delivered by the virtual celebration date of May 30th. For questions, please email Krysta Kasinski at kkasinski@csum.edu.
  2. Attend the Celebration. Join us online at 1:00 pm PDT on May 30th as we celebrate Cal Maritime's Class of 2020! Follow the event on Facebook now for updates and plan your watch parties with family and friends. Link to Class of 2020 Virtual Celebration coming soon.
  3. Social Media. Please use #calmaritimegrad2020 when posting on Social Media for all your commencement celebrations.
  4. Keelhauler Shops. Commemorate the Class of 2020 celebration with a purchase from the Keelhauler Shops.
  5. Toolkit. Use the #calmaritimegrad2020 Toolkit to help celebrate wherever you are. Includes social media graphics, printable signs, and Zoom backgrounds!

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