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    Congratulations NDU Class of 2021! The 2021 National Defense University graduation ceremonies will take place virtually via Livestream on June 10.

Livestream Links to Ceremonies

Graduation Resources

  • Class of 2021 Graduation Program
  • Class of 2021 Distinguished Graduates

Graduation Speaker

General Mark A. Milley
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff 
10 Jun 2021

Virtual Graduation 2021

The 2021 National Defense University (NDU) graduation ceremonies will be conducted virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The four north campus college ceremonies will be broadcast separately via Livestream on Thursday, June 10. The official video ceremonies will be available for viewing at 1000.

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 Lieutenant General Michael T. Plehn, USAF, NDU Provost Dr. Alan Drimmer, 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.