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The National Defense University’s Graduation exercises were held on Thursday, June 7th, at 10:00 a.m., at Fort Lesley J. McNair in southwest Washington, DC. A total of 692 students graduated from the College of International Security Affairs (130), the National War College (221), the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (320), and the Information Resources Management College (iCollege) (21).
General Martin E. Dempsey, US Army, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the graduation speaker. He is the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he serves as the principal military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council. By law, he is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer. Prior to becoming Chairman, the general served as the Army’s 37th Chief of Staff.
Approximately 50 percent of the graduates were senior officers from the U.S. armed services. Federal government civilians, private sector civilians, and international students from more than 60 countries made up the other 50 percent.
The National Defense University is the nation’s premier center for joint professional military education. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as a graduate-level institution that prepares future leaders of the armed forces and other civilian agencies for high-level policy, command, and staff responsibilities.
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Archived video of the ceremony is available on NDU's Livestream channel.
CISA graduates (130) received a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Security Studies with a Concentration in Combating Terrorism. Army Special Ops Forces students received their Master of Arts degrees at CISA's Fort Bragg, N.C., on May 31.
ICAF graduates (320) completing degree requirements received a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy.
National War College graduates (221) received a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy.
Information Resources Management College (iCollege) graduates (21) received a Master of Science degree in Government Information Leadership.
Joint Forces Staff College will hold their combined graduation in Norfolk, Va. on June 15, 2012.