Event Details


Special Guest and Keynote Speaker

Rear Admiral James E. Rendon

Rear Admiral Rendon assumed the duties of the 41st Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, June 1, 2015. He reported to the Academy after serving as Director, Joint Interagency Task Force West (JIATF West), the U.S. Pacific Command’s executive agent for planning and conducting counter-drug strategy in an area of operations covering more than 105 million square miles.

Rear Admiral Rendon is a surface operations specialist with a diverse list of assignments over his 33 year Coast Guard officer career. He served as Commander, Sector Northern New England in Portland Maine, as well as, Chief Response, Fifth Coast Guard District in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Rear Admiral Rendon is a cutterman with afloat tours as Deck Watch Officer
aboard Durable, a 210-foot cutter home-ported in Brownsville, Texas; Executive Officer aboard the Patrol Boat Ocracoke in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, and Commanding Officer of the Surface Effect Ship Petrel in Key West, Florida. Other operational ashore assignments consist of staff advisor, Seventh Coast Guard District Intelligence and Law Enforcement Branch in Miami, Florida, Operations Officer for Group Key West, Florida, as well as Commander, Coast Guard Group Mayport in Northeast Florida.

Rear Admiral Rendon served as Aide de Camp to the 20th Commandant of the Coast Guard. He also completed a Congressional Fellowship in our nation’s Capital, where he worked for the House of Representatives, Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, followed by a two-year assignment as Drug Policy Advisor to the Speaker of the House.

Rear Admiral Rendon’s personal awards include a Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (6), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3), Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and a variety of other unit awards and service ribbons. He is authorized to wear the Cutterman’s Insignia and the Boat Forces Operations Insignia.

A 1983 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, Rear Admiral Rendon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois. He also completed study at the National War College, Class of 2005, where he earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy.

Photography and Entertainment

Event Timeline/Activities

  • 5:00 pm – Registration Open – Cadets and Midshipmen must sign in at their Academy Table and pick up dinner and casino tickets for their entire party.
  • 5:00 pm – Reception Outside Ballroom 
    • Purchase Drink Tickets in Advance or Cash Bar
    • Professional  Photography
  • 5:30 pm – Academy Group Photos  (Cadets and Midshipmen gather in designated areas, then proceed as a group for photos, then move to the designated area for Grand March Line Up – Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, Merchant Marine.)
  • 5:45 pm – Parents and Guest enter the ballroom and take seats
  • 6:00 pm – Grand March and Recognition of Cadets followed by 
    • Dinner
    • Formal Program
    • Class of 2021 Recognition
  • Adjourn for Entertainment and Silent Auction – Casino Games (voucher for tickets distributed with tickets), DJ Music for Dancing; Photo Booth, Sketch Artists, Silent Auction; Professional Photography remains available; Cadet and Midshipmen gift drawing
  • 10:30 PM – Silent Auction Ends and Close Out/Pick Up Begins
  • 11:15 PM – Last Dance and Adjourn
  • There will be a changing and storage location available for female cadets and midshipmen who would like to change into civilian formal attire following the formal program. 

Hurst Convention Center Coronavirus Statement

The Hurst Conference Center wants to thank you, our guests, for your patience as the situation around the Coronavirus continues to evolve. We want to ensure that our guests are as informed as possible. Our highest priority at the Hurst Conference Center is the health and safety of our staff, our clients, and their guests. We continue to monitor and implement the recommended guidelines set by the State regarding meetings and large gatherings at event facilities. Therefore, in an effort to provide a hygienic environment, here are some examples of the practices the Hurst Conference Center has put into effect:

● Effective cleaning protocols in all public areas, meeting rooms, and restrooms

● The availability of hand sanitizer throughout the building

● We have upgraded to higher quality MERV 13 air filters in the common areas and restrooms, thereby enhancing the quality of the indoor air environment. These will filter out most bacteria and virus carrying particles and keep the indoor air environment clean from a wide variety of pollutants and allergens. They will not provide a sterile environment—no air filter can—but they will provide the cleanest possible air quality for a business or residence

● All staff responsible for handling Food & Beverage service will be outfitted with gloves and protective masks

● The Hurst Conference Center will follow all food service guidelines which will require meal services to be plated and limiting what will be preset on the tables

● In observance of “Social Distancing”, we will provide event floor plans and room layouts that will maximize the space capacity and best meet the needs of the program objectives while staying within the state recommended guidelines

● Employees are asked not to work if they are experiencing fever or other flu like symptoms.

● We are allowing only four people to sit at a standard round table. The mandate says that if someone is family or if they arrive together to the event then they can sit together at the event. I do encourage assigned seating.

● We are sanitizing all chairs and tables after each event and have sanitizer stations at entrances and outside of the restrooms.

● There will be no “un” covered preset items. We will still preset salads and beverages but they will come with covers. We will also have rolled up silverware in napkins instead of out and preset. Dessert will be served.

Our team wants our guests to know that we are very aware of, and understand the impact the Coronavirus is having not only on scheduled events, but for the planning of future events as well. We support our clients and value their business, and will work together on a case by case basis in an effort to find the best possible solution to meet the specific needs of their situation.

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