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NEWPORT, R.I. – Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert will deliver the graduation address to students and their guests attending the U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) commencement ceremony scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., Friday, June 21, at Naval Station Newport.

The resident graduating class includes 310 members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, National Guard, civilian government employees and 130 international naval officers.

This year, 1,105 students completed coursework through the College of Distance Education’s programs, including the Naval War College Program at the Naval Postgraduate School in California, from 20 fleet center locations that comprise the Fleet Seminar Program, and web-enabled, CD-ROM and correspondence programs.

Depending on their program, U.S. students earn a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, or an NWC diploma.  Military graduates also earn Joint Professional Military Education credit from the Department of Defense, which is essential to an officer’s professional development.

The Naval War College's rigorous academic program consists of core curriculum courses from the Strategy and Policy, Joint Military Operations and National Security Affairs departments. The resident program and Fleet Seminar Program feature seminar-based coursework that promotes debate and in-depth discussion on global case studies.

Adm. Greenert became the 30th Chief of Naval Operations Sept. 23, 2011 and is responsible to the Secretary of the Navy for the command, utilization of resources and operating efficiency of the operating forces of the Navy and of the Navy shore activities assigned by the Secretary. A member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the CNO is the principal naval advisor to the President and to the Secretary of the Navy on the conduct of war, and is the principal advisor and naval executive to the Secretary on the conduct of naval activities of the Department of the Navy.

In addition to the College’s mission to educate and develop leaders, it is heavily involved in war gaming and research in an effort to aid the Chief of Naval Operations in defining the path of the future Navy. More recently, the College has developed operational level courses to satisfy fleet requirements, preparing leaders for the challenges of operational and strategic level leadership over the remainder of their careers as decision makers and problem solvers.
 
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Media interested in covering this ceremony should contact the Naval War College Public Affairs Office at 401-841-2220 or email pao@usnwc.edu no later than noon, Thursday, June 20.  Media will be met at the Naval Station Newport Pass and ID office parking lot on Training Station Road, with a departure time of 9:30 a.m. in order to proceed to the ceremony location and arrive before the start time.  Naval War College Public Affairs can provide still imagery of the ceremony to print and web outlets upon request.  

The event will also be broadcast live online via: