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National Intelligence University Announces 2017 Commencement Speaker

By DIA Public Affairs | June 19, 2017

Washington, D.C. --

National Intelligence University President Dr. David Ellison today announced that Michael Hayden, former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency will deliver the commencement address to National Intelligence University (NIU) graduates, Friday, July 28.

Hayden, a retired 4-star Air Force general, is a 1980 alumnus of the university who was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2001.   He currently serves as a principal with the Chertoff Group and is Chairman of the National Intelligence University Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  A noted speaker and lecturer on national security topics, Hayden is the author of the 2016 book “Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror.”

NIU President Dr. David Ellison expects to present diplomas to approximately 250 graduating students from the intelligence and national security communities as they cross the stage to receive one of the university’s three degrees: Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence, Master of Science and Technology Intelligence, or Bachelor of Science in Intelligence.

NIU is an accredited degree-granting institution whose main campus is located at the Intelligence Community Campus-Bethesda (ICC-B) in Bethesda, MD.  Its faculty consists of subject matter experts from around the intelligence community who bring a wealth of knowledge, practical experience, and academic qualifications to the classroom.  In addition to the three degree programs, NIU offers graduate certificates in intelligence on specialized topics.  Its alumni include many notable intelligence and national security leaders.

For more information, visit www.ni-u.edu.

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