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Congratulations NDU Class of 2019!

The 2019 National Defense University graduation ceremony took place on June 13 at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. Watch this page for links to speech transcripts, the official video, and links to college photo galleries.

Graduation Speakers

General Joseph F. Dunford
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff 
Fort McNair, Washington, DC
13 Jun 2019


Maj. Gen. Lenny J. Richoux

Maj. Gen. Lenny J. Richoux
Commander, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command
JFSC, Norfolk, VA
14 Jun 2019




Andrew F. Knaggs

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism​

Fort Bragg, NC
30 May 2019

Graduation 2019


Fort McNair, Washington DC

The 2019 National Defense University (NDU) graduation ceremony was held outside on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., in front of historic Roosevelt Hall at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C. The University's four D.C.-based colleges conferred certificates and Masters degrees on approximately 648 students. 

General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC, the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, was this year's keynote speaker. 

Degrees were conferred on students 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:  


Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS), JFSC, Norfolk VA

On Friday, June 14, at 10:00 a.m., at NDU's Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, the Joint Advanced Warfighting School will conduct its commencement ceremony.  JAWS graduates will receive a master of science degree in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy. 

Maj. Gen. Lenny J. Richoux, Commander, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, U.S. Transportation Command will be the keynote speaker. As Commander, General Richoux is charged with the readiness, training and deployment of the joint capabilities provided by the Joint Planning Support Element and the Joint Communications Support Element.


Joint Special Operations Master of Arts (JSOMA), Fort Bragg NC

On Thursday, May 30, 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.

Mr. Andrew F. Knaggs, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism, was the guest speaker. Mr. Knaggs leads the Department's policies, plans, authorities and resources related to special operations and irregular warfare.


About NDU

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.