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St. John's College, Naval Academy partner for graduate studies program

The Capital Gazette

April 30, 2019


The relationship between St. John’s College and the Naval Academy has traditionally been marked by an annual croquet match that pits the Annapolis institutions in a battle of wooden balls and wickets.

Now St. John’s hopes to train the next class of Naval Academy scholars.

The military school announced Monday it will partner with the Graduate Institute at St. John’s to provide uniformed officers with the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts, then return to the academy to teach.

“We had looked for an opportunity to take part in the type of education St. John’s provides,” said Vice Admiral Walter “Ted” Carter, superintendent of the Naval Academy. “This is a historic opportunity for our two institutions to come together in ways other than as rivals on the croquet court.”

The agreement, signed by Carter and St. John’s President Panayiotis Kanelos Monday, will allow individuals in the Naval Academy’s Graduate Education and Teaching and Junior Permanent Military Professor programs to enroll at St. John’s at a discounted rate, which will then be covered by the Academy.

Officials at both schools hope the program will fill a need for teachers in first- and second-year humanities classes for Midshipmen.