The National Defense University’s main campus graduation exercises were held on Thursday, June 12, at 9:00 a.m., in front of historic Roosevelt Hall at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Southwest Washington, DC. Admiral James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld Jr., U.S. Navy, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the graduation speaker. Admiral Winnefeld previously served as Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Commander, U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM).
A total of 645 awards were given by the College of International Security Affairs (79), the Eisenhower School (306), the Information Resources Management College (52), and the National War College (208). CISA students receive a Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies with a Concentration in Combating Terrorism; Eisenhower students receive a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy; iCollege students receive a Master of Science in Government Information Leadership; and NWC students receive a Master of Science in National Security Strategy. Approximately 54 percent of the graduates are senior officers from the U.S. Armed Forces, and 30 percent are U.S. Federal Government civilians and U.S. private sector civilians. One hundred international students from 64 countries comprise 16 percent.
NDU's Joint Forces Staff College graduation exercise was held on Friday, June 13, at 9:00 a.m., at NSA Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Va. Admiral William E. "Bill" Gortney, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, was the graduation speaker. Admiral Gortney previously served as the Director of the Joint Staff, and as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/5th Fleet. At the combined graduation, JFSC's Joint Advanced Warfighting School conferred a Master of Science Degree in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy to 38 graduates, including four international students. The college's Joint and Combined Warfighting School graduated 243 students, including 10 international students.
Graduation exercises were held for 41 CISA/Special Operations Command students at the U.S. Army's John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, N.C., on June 3. The graduation speaker was The Honorable Renee Ellmers, Congresswoman, 2nd District, North Carolina. NDU Provost Dr. John Yaeger and CISA Chancellor Dr. Mike Bell conferred the students' degrees.
NDU is the premier national security institution focused on advanced joint warfighter education, leader development, and scholarship. The University provides rigorous Joint Professional Military Education to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others in order to develop leaders who have the ability to operate and creatively think in an unpredictable and complex world. For more information about the National Defense University or if you are media organization interested in covering the graduation ceremony, please contact: Daniel Magalotti, Acting Public Affairs Officer, at 202-685-3140.
NDU is on Twitter at @NDU_EDU. The Twitter hashtag for graduation is #ndugrad. A recorded broadcast of the McNair campus ceremony is available on Livestream.