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Virginia Sea Grant College Status Celebration (SLIDESHOW)

Virginia Sea Grant Director Troy Hartley welcomes guests to the College Status Ceremony at the historic Wren Building on W&M campus. ©Jennifer Armstrong/VASG

On Thursday, December 18, the Department of Commerce awarded William & Mary and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) the highest status that any Sea Grant program can achieve: College Status.

The ceremony, which took place in the historic Wren building at William & Mary, included a wide variety of speakers who attested to Virginia Sea Grant’s excellence in leadership, relevance, education, and productivity. Speakers included Dr. Troy Hartley, Director of Virginia Sea Grant; Congressman Rob Wittman; John Wells, Dean and Director of VIMS; William Stubblefield, National Sea Grant advisory board member and retired Rear Admiral of NOAA Corps,; Leon Cammen, Director of the National Sea Grant College Program; Michael Devany, NOAA Vice Admiral and Deputy Under Secretary for Operations at NOAA; and Taylor Reveley, President of William & Mary.