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Congratulations NDU Class of 2018!

The 2018 National Defense University graduation ceremony took place on June 7 at Fort McNair in Washington, DC.

Graduation Speakers

Ft. McNair Graduation - 07 Jun 2018

General Paul F. Selva
Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff



JAWS Graduation - 15 Jun 2018

Vice Admiral Kevin D. Scott
Director, Joint Force Development, J7

JSOMA Graduation - 31 May 2018

General Raymond A. Thomas III
Commander, US Special Operations Command

Graduation 2018

Ft. McNair

The 2018 National Defense University (NDU) graduation ceremony was held outside on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 1000, in front of historic Roosevelt Hall at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, DC. The University's four colleges conferred certificates and Masters degrees on approximately 655 students. 

College of International Security Affairs graduated 87 students with a certificate or master of arts degree in Strategic Security Studies with concentrations in either Counterterrorism, or South and Central Asia. The Eisenhower School graduated 299 students with a certificate or master of science degree in National Resource Strategy. College of Information and Cyberspace graduated 64 students with a certificate or master of science degree in Government Information Leadership. National War College graduated 205 students with a certificate or master of science degree in National Security Strategy. 

General Paul J. Selva, USAF, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was this year’s guest speaker. He serves as the 10th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and is the Nation’s second highest ranking military officer. 

Degrees were conferred by NDU President Vice Admiral Fritz Roegge, USN, NDU Provost Dr. John W. Yaeger (CAPT, USN, Ret.), and the commandants and chancellors of the colleges:  


On Friday, June 15, at 1000, at NDU's Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, the Joint Advanced Warfighting School will conduct a commencement ceremony.  The graduates will receive a master of science degree in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy.  VADM Kevin D. Scott, Director, Joint Force Development, J7 will be the graduation speaker.  VADM Scott oversees the integration of joint training, concept development, operational analysis, and lessons learned activities to achieve the chairman’s vision for Joint Force 2020. He most recently served as Vice Director for Joint Force Development (J7), Suffolk, Virginia.


On Thursday, 31 May, at the U.S. Army’s John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, College of International Security Affairs students graduated after completing a 10-month Joint Special Operations Master of Arts program. General Raymond A. Thomas III, Commander, US Special Operations Command, was the guest speaker. He currently serves as the 11th Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, FL.   

National Defense University is a strategic national resource that prepares senior leaders to think and operate effectively at the highest levels of decision making in an increasingly dynamic, complex, and unpredictable international security environment. It does this by preparing students to understand, develop, and employ strategies that incorporate all elements of national power. This premiere senior leader development is made possible by the University's holistic approach and unique combination of curriculum, location, and student/faculty diversity. Graduates have developed an understanding of the canon of strategic theory and are able to apply and creatively adapt this knowledge to current and future security challenges.