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NEWPORT, R.I. - Intermediate students at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) celebrated their studies in a graduation ceremony in Pringle Auditorium, Nov. 1.
The students comprised a portion of the College of Naval Command and Staff (CNCS). In a class of 60 students, 52 were Navy and the remaining 8 are Army. 

Lt. Cmdr. Rudy Schoen was recognized as the president’s honor graduate, finishing at the top of the graduating class and with high distinction. He also served as a seminar representative during the Joint Military Operations semester and was hand-selected to participate in NWC process improvement programs, in addition to contributing to the electives program and volunteering in the local community.
During the ceremony, the audience listened to remarks by commencement speaker, NWC faculty member, Navy Capt. Tom Sass, who teaches for the Joint Military Operations Department and is the deputy director for the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups. It has become a tradition for the smaller graduating classes to choose their commencement speaker from amongst the faculty.
The students were phased into NWC’s resident program during the last academic year’s second trimester for a year-long academic program. The intermediate-level students took graduate courses from NWC’s three academic departments: Joint Military Operations, Strategy and Policy and National Security Decision-Making. Their studies were also complemented by an electives program that provided opportunities to explore subjects not included in the core curriculum or to investigate in greater detail specific elements of the core curriculum.
In graduating, students receive Joint Military Professional Education Phase I credit, a critical piece of career advancement, and a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. While the main student body begins in August and graduates in June, a smaller number of students begin a staggered school year and graduate the following year. 
NWC has been educating leaders for more than 125 years and graduates approximately 600 resident students annually. The college is accredited by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.

From Naval War College Public Affairs
Posted by Cmdr. Carla McCarthy