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About Maryland

Maryland is an east coast Mid-Atlantic state with abundant waterways and coastlines on the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Baltimore is the state’s largest city and is the birthplace of the U.S. national anthem.

This Month's Feature

United States Naval Academy Commissioning Week

For this month’s Maryland Showcase, we are celebrating Commissioning Week at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Commissioning Week honors the First Class midshipmen for completing four years at the Naval Academy. There are several events that are held beginning the week of May 19 including the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration, Color Parade, special awards ceremonies and musical performances. The week ends with the graduation ceremony on Friday, May 26th.

One tradition at the graduation ceremony that began in 1912 is the hat toss. Before 1912, graduates were required to serve two years as midshipmen before being commissioned as officers and needed their hats. During the first World War, there was an increase in admissions to the Academy and it was decided to commission the graduates during graduation meaning they no longer needed their hats, initiating the “hat toss.”

In honor of Commissioning Week, we are featuring the Naval Academy Shawl kit. We used the Impressions Shawl by Ágnes Kutas-Keresztes which has gorgeous lace with and a stockinette panel. We used 2 skeins of Wandering Wool’s Ex Scientia Tridens colorway in DK weight (100% Superwash). “Ex Scientia Tridens” means, “Through Knowledge, Sea Power” in Latin which is the motto on Academy’s Seal.