National Defense University

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Congratulations NDU 2014 Graduates!

NDU's 2014 graduation took place on June 12 at historic Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C.

NDU's 2014 graduates.

Thank You Admiral Winnefeld!

Admiral James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld Jr., U.S. Navy, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered NDU's 2014 commencement address.

Admiral James A.

Congratulations CISA Students!

Seventy-nine (79) College of International Security Affairs graduates received a Certificate or Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies with a Concentration in Combating Terrorism.

Michael S. Bell, Ph.D. (Colonel, USA, Ret.), Chancellor, CISA, with graduating CISA student.

Congratulations Eisenhower Students!

Three hundred and six (306) Eisenhower graduates received a Certificate or Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy.

Brigadier General Thomas A. Gorry, USMC, Commandant, Eisenhower School, with graduating Eisenhower student.

Congratulations iCollege Students!

Fifty-two (52) Information Resources Management College (iCollege) graduates received a Certificate or Master of Science in Government Information Leadership.

Mary S. McCully, Ph.D. (Colonel, USAF, Ret.), Acting Chancellor, iCollege with graduating iCollege student.

Congratulations JFSC Students!

JFSC graduates attended Joint Advanced Warfighting School Class #13/14, and Joint and Combined Warfighting School Class #14-2.

JFSC students.

Congratulations NWC Students!

Two hundred and eight (208) National War College students received a Certificate or Master of Science in National Security Strategy.

Brigadier General Guy T. Cosentino, USA, Commandant, NWC, with graduating NWC student.

Thank You, Families and Friends!

Hundreds of students' family members and friends attended the graduation in celebration of their loved one's accomplishments. We couldn't have done it without your support!

Family and friends of NDU graduates.

Our Mission

National Defense University (NDU) supports the joint warfighter by providing 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.

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Graduation 2014

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.