Defence Academy students graduate


Hundreds of Defence Academy students graduated in July with certificates and diplomas from our academic partners, Cranfield University and King's College London (KCL). Well done to all!

Defence Academy students graduate

This year, graduation ceremonies are (mostly) virtual due to the pandemic with students, guests and dignitaries watching the ceremonies from far afield.

The universities have set about trying to recreate as much of the spirit of graduation in a virtual setting as possible. At Cranfield University's graduation, this included a film by a chef on how to make the perfect afternoon tea.

This year, over 450 students graduated with Cranfield University degrees, with more than 200 joining the live stream on 15 July. The opening addresses were delivered by Dame Deirdre Hutton, Chancellor of Cranfield University, and, Major General Andrew Roe, Chief Executive and Commandant of the Defence Academy, in a pre-recorded video. Professor Jackie Akhavan, Cranfield University Director of Education, announced the taught degree candidates.

The students received CDS qualifications in Doctor of Philosophy, MSc, MSc by Research, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate.

Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Land) (ICSC(L)) students joined a virtual graduation on Friday 30 July, receiving KCL qualifications of MA, Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Military and Security Studies. The students were congratulated in video messages from KCL and Major General Roe.

The graduation ceremony for Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC) 22 and 23 has been postponed. Instead, graduates will receive congratulatory video messages from KCL and Major General Roe. The ACSC students have taken KCL's MA, MRes, Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Defence Studies.

Major General Andrew Roe said: "Congratulations to all the graduates for their hard work and achievements. It has been a difficult year, but the dedication and sheer resilience our students have demonstrated during their time at the Defence Academy will serve them well in their future careers. From all of us at the Defence Academy, congratulations."