The 2017 National Defense University (NDU) graduation ceremony was held outside on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 1000, in front of historic Roosevelt Hall at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, DC. The University's four colleges graduated 672 students.
The College of International Security Affairs graduated 98 students with a certificate or master of arts degree in Strategic Security Studies, 66 students in the Counterterrorism concentration, and 32 students in the South and Central Asia concentration. The Eisenhower School graduated 299 students with a certificate or master of science degree in National Resource Strategy. The College of Information and Cyberspace will graduated 69 students with a certificate or master of science in Government Information Leadership (15 of these students are in the Joint Professional Military Education II Cyberspace Strategies Pilot Program). The National War College graduated 206 students with a certificate or master of science degree in National Security Strategy.
Approximately 51 percent of the graduates are senior officers of the U.S. Armed Forces. Thirty-four percent of the graduates are either U.S. Federal Government civilians, or U.S. private-sector civilians representing 38 organizations. Additionally, 103 international students from 64 countries make up 15 percent of the graduating class.
General Paul J. Selva, 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. Before his current assignment, General Selva was commander of U.S. Transportation Command. He is also a command pilot with more than 3,100 hours in the C-5, C-17A, C-141B, C-37, KC-10, KC-135A and T-37.
Degrees were conferred by NDU President Major General Frederick M. Padilla, USMC, NDU Provost Dr. John W. Yaeger (CAPT, USN, Ret.), and the commandants and chancellors of the colleges:
On Thursday, June 1, at the U.S. Army’s John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, an additional 41 College of Information Security Affairs students graduated after completing the 10-month Joint Special Operations Master of Arts program.
On Friday, June 16, at 1000, at NDU's Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, 35 Joint Advanced Warfighting School graduates will receive a master of science in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy. Lieutenant General William C. Mayville, Jr., USA, Director of the Joint Staff, will deliver the graduation address.
National Defense University is a strategic national resource that prepares senior leaders to think and operate effectively at the highest levels of decisionmaking 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.