FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jennifer Whitty Cal Maritime 707-654-1720 PA1 Alan Haraf Coast Guard District 11 Public Affairs 510-437-3245 Coast Guard Commandant To Serve As Cal Maritime�s Commencement Speaker VALLEJO, Calif., April 21, 2005 � The California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime), a campus of The California State University, and the United States Coast Guard today announced that Admiral Thomas H. Collins, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, will serve as the speaker at Cal Maritime�s HYPERLINK "C:\\Documents and Settings\\CampusLife\\Graduation.asp" \t "_blank"commencement ceremony on April 30, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. The topic of his speech will be �Leadership and the Future of the Maritime Transportation System.� Cal Maritime�s commencement ceremonies will include a day of activities to honor the more than 105 students in the Class of 2005 who will be receiving bachelor�s degrees in one of the following areas: business administration, marine transportation, facilities engineering technology, marine engineering technology, and mechanical engineering. Cal Maritime introduced a global studies and maritime affairs degree in the fall of 2003, but the first students from that program will graduate in 2007. In addition to the commencement ceremony, the day�s events will include a morning commissioning ceremony for 13 students who will enter as ensigns into the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, or the Merchant Marine Reserve; an awards presentation; and graduation brunch. � more � Cal Maritime Commencement Speaker � Page 2 Admiral Collins� participation during Cal Maritime�s commencement ceremonies is particularly fitting given that on April 30, the first students will graduate from The California Maritime Academy Pre-Commissioning Pilot Program (CMAPPP), which prepares cadets to become active duty commissioned officers in the United States Coast Guard. Cal Maritime is the only university in the United States to offer such a program. In addition to speaking at the commencement ceremony, Admiral Collins will attend the 9:00 a.m. commissioning ceremony to congratulate the first graduates from the CMAPPP. Admiral Collins Admiral Thomas H. Collins assumed the duties of Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on May 30, 2002. His leadership priorities are readiness, people, and stewardship. He is personally committed to making effective use of emerging technologies and developing innovative methods to improve Coast Guard mission performance. Prior to becoming Commandant, he served as the Coast Guard's Vice Commandant and was responsible for the Innovation Council, spearheaded service-wide process improvement initiatives, and directed system enhancements as the Coast Guard Acquisition Executive. He has also served as Commander, Pacific Area and Eleventh Coast Guard District, where he developed the successful Coast Guard response to the increase in illegal drug and migrant smuggling traffic in the Eastern Pacific. The Admiral is the recipient of the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (three awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), and the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (three awards). � more � Cal Maritime Commencement Speaker � Page 3 �Leadership development is one of the primary areas of focus at Cal Maritime, and we are honored to have such a strong leader serve as our commencement speaker,� said Dr. William Eisenhardt, RADM USMS; president of Cal Maritme. �Admiral Collins was the second in command at the U.S. Coast Guard on 9/11 and in command shortly thereafter. Since then he has been instrumental in transitioning the Coast Guard�s mission emphasis to include homeland security. He embodies all the elements of leadership that we aim to instill in all of our students, and we know his words will be an inspiration not only to the Class of 2005, but to all of those attending our commencement ceremony.� Dr. Eisenhardt added that Cal Maritime�s commencement ceremonies will officially bring to a close Cal Maritime�s 75th Anniversary, a yearlong celebration that began during the 2004 Commencement Ceremony and included such special events as a homecoming �Sail-a-bration;� concerts; �Presidents Day,� which reunited all the living former Cal Maritime presidents on campus for the first time ever; and a black tie 75th Anniversary Gala, which raised more than $50,000 for student scholarships. In addition, this graduation marks the 10th Anniversary of Cal Maritime being a campus of the California State University System. About Cal Maritime Cal Maritime, a campus of The California State University, is one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States, and the only one on the West Coast. Tucked away in San Pablo Bay�s Morrow Cove in Vallejo, Calif., Cal Maritime offers students four-year degrees in business administration, facilities engineering technology, global studies and maritime affairs, marine engineering technology, marine transportation, and mechanical engineering. For more information about Cal Maritime, visit HYPERLINK "C:\\Documents and Settings\\" About the U.S. Coast Guard The U.S. Coast Guard is a military, maritime, multi-mission service within the Department of Homeland Security dedicated to protecting the safety and security of America. For more information about the U.S. Coast Guard, visit  HYPERLINK "" ** Editor�s Note: To obtain a high-resolution photograph of Admiral Collins, please contact Jennifer Whitty at 707-654-1720.