Senator Inouye has a long and, really, tireless record of service and sacrifice to the United States, to Hawaii, to the Merchant Marine and transportation community, and to the Merchant Marine Academy. So, this honorary degree--which I am very proud to present--is only a small token of the large esteem and gratitude these communities have for the Senator.
For example, under his Chairmanship for only 2 years (2007-09), the Senate Commerce Committee passed legislation supporting the Maritime Administration, the Merchant Marine Academy, the National Sea Grant College Program, improved ocean and coastal mapping, and maritime pollution prevention.
Now, folks, that's just a single, two-year slice of Senator Inouye's career. So I really see it as a privilege to be able to present him this honorary degree from the Academy.
Acta Non Verba? Senator Inouye is the very spirit of "deeds, not words." And, on behalf of the Merchant Marine Academy, the Maritime Administration, and Merchant Mariners everywhere, I thank him for his devoted service.