Everything You Need to Know About U.S. Naval War College’s Graduation Ceremony June 14

A U.S. Naval War College (NWC) faculty member participates in a graduation ceremony at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.

More than 500 students will cross the stage and graduate from U.S. Naval War College on Friday, June 14.

The ceremony will feature a keynote address from Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer.

The annual event will be held under a canopy on the college’s historic Dewey Field. Seating opens at 8 a.m., and the final guests should be in their seats by 9:30. After a 9:40 a.m. student procession, the ceremony will begin at 10.

People who do not have tickets can watch the ceremony live starting at 9:30 at https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/20274.

Official photos from the event will be available on the college’s Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usnavalwarcollegeri/.

Established in 1884, U.S. Naval War College is the oldest institution of its kind in the world. More than 50,000 students have graduated since the first class of nine students in 1885.

Today, the college offers a one-year graduate-level program to roughly 600 resident students annually. Graduates can earn a Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies or defense and strategic studies. While many students graduate in June, others receive their degrees in March and November.

Another 1,000 distance-learning students complete the college’s core joint professional military education courses each year from locations around the country, with some going on to earn the master’s degree.

The college has an esteemed group of alumni: About 300 of today’s active-duty admirals, generals and senior executive service leaders are graduates. Since creating a program for international officers in 1956, the college has more than 4,500 international alumni from 137 countries.

BASE ACCESS AND PARKING: Ticketholders for the graduation ceremony will be welcomed onboard based on a list of submitted names at the front gate of Naval Station Newport. Guest parking will be located some distance away from the ceremony, and shuttle vans will be in use for those requiring assistance.

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Jeanette Steele, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
June 10, 2019

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