• Diplomas await conferral upon NDU graduates.

    Congratulations to our NDU Class of 2023 graduates! 

Information for Attendees

See detailed information regarding North Campus (Fort McNair, Washington, D.C) ticketing, timelines, seating, inclement weather, amenities, base access, parking, shuttles and more.

Livestream Link to Ceremony

Graduation Programs and Photos

Graduation Speakers

Gen Mark A. Milley

Gen Mark A Milley, USA
20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
8 June 2023

Keynote Speaker TBA
Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
9 June 2023

NDU President Lt Gen Michael T. Plehn

Lt Gen Michael T. Plehn, USAF
17th President, National Defense University
Fort Bragg, N.C.
2 June 2023

Graduation 2023

National Defense University (NDU) will hold its 2023 graduation ceremonies for the university's four Washington, D.C.-based colleges on Thursday, June 8, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. in front of historic Roosevelt Hall at Fort Lesley J. McNair. The in-person event will also be broadcast and recorded via Livestream for remote viewing. The keynote speaker will be the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark A. Milley, USA

The University's four north campus colleges will confer certificates and master's degrees on more than 600 students. Degrees will be conferred by NDU President Lieutenant General Michael T. Plehn, USAF, NDU Provost Dr. James Lepse, and the Commandants and Chancellors of the colleges:  

The 2023 graduation ceremony for the NDU's Norfolk, Va.-based Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) will be held in-person at the college on Naval Station Norfolk on Friday, 9 June 2023 at 9:00 a.m. JFSC Commandant Brigadier General Voris W. McBurnette, USA, will confer master's degrees on approximately 45 Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS) students. The keynote speaker is yet to be announced.

CISA will also confer master’s degrees on graduates of its Joint Special Operations Master of Arts (JSOMA) program at Fort Bragg on Friday, 2 June 2023 at 11:00 a.m. That same day, Fort Bragg will officially be renamed Fort Liberty. The JSOMA graduation keynote speaker will be NDU President Lt Gen Michael T. Plehn. 

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.