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Congratulations NDU Class of 2020!

The 2020 National Defense University graduation ceremonies will take place virtually, via Livestream broadcasts, on June 11. Watch this page for more information.

Livestream Links to Ceremonies


Watch this space for links to the colleges' individual graduation ceremonies on Livestream.

  • College of Information and Cyberspace
  • Eisenhower School
  • Joint Forces Staff College
  • College of International Security Affairs
  • National War College

Graduation Speaker


General Mark A. Milley
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff 
11 Jun 2020

Virtual Graduation 2020


The 2020 National Defense University (NDU) graduation ceremonies will be conducted virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The five college ceremonies will be broadcast separately via Livestream, each beginning at 0930 on Thursday, June 11. Links to the Livestream ceremonies will be posted to this page on June 9.

The University's five colleges will confer certificates and Masters degrees on approximately 718 students. 

General Mark A. Milley, USA, the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, will be this year's keynote speaker. 

Degrees will be conferred upon 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:  


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.