Apprentice Graduation is an annual event celebrating the graduating class of the Ingalls Apprentice School. Enrollment for the Apprentice School is competitive and students work full-time while learning their trade through classes and on-the-job training. Apprentice graduates, their families and friends, are recognized each year at this event, joined by Ingalls leaders and community members alike.
The Future of Ingalls Shipbuilding
Thousands of applicants vie for only hundreds of spots in the various Ingalls Apprentice School programs. This prestigious workforce development training program has produced nearly 5,000 graduates since its inception in 1952. Ingalls Shipbuilding hosts commencement ceremonies to celebrate the achievements of the graduating classes. Graduates, their families, Ingalls senior staff, union and community leaders gather to recognize the individuals who have become journeymen in their crafts. Ingalls Shipbuilding president, Brian Cuccias gave inspiration to the graduates in his address:
“You are each a vital member of the Ingalls Shipbuilding team that builds the most complex warships the world has ever known. When you applied for this program, you were choosing to start down a path to becoming an Ingalls leader. As graduate apprentices, your bright future is full of tremendous opportunities both in shipbuilding and in life.”