Congratulations to our 2022 Winter Quarter Graduates!
Download the Winter Quarter Graduation program featuring more about students the school and their achievements – great keepsake!
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On behalf of Provost Dr. Scott Gartner, Faculty and NPS staff –
Congratulations on receiving your degrees today!
We are proud of what you have accomplished, and look forward to all that you will achieve back in the Fleet and operational forces.
Today, we were grateful for the opportunity to celebrate with our graduates in person once again, and with progressively more participation as we turn the corner on COVID. We enjoyed having another distinguished leader deliver the commencement remarks, Lieutenant General Matthew Glavy, Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Information. His personal stories and insights about another great warrior and strategist, Colonel John Boyd and his philosophy of “To Do or To Be” will serve you well!
As I mentioned in my remarks, you are warrior-scholars, doers and innovators… and while your achievements add to the rich history of our institution, more importantly you are answering the call to action. In the midst of our joy today, we all are well aware that the world faces multiple security challenges that require “Strength in Unity” – challenges that you will likely be called upon to help resolve. As NPS graduates, you are well prepared to respond, and poised to make a great impact wherever you go as leaders of our nation’s defense forces, partner agencies and coalition forces.
You are needed in the world today. Know that NPS is here to help you now, and throughout your careers. Your success is our mission!
Winter Quarter graduates, take pride in your accomplishments and in your new hard-earned status as NPS alumni – it is indeed well deserved! Please enjoy the NPS graduation webpage which includes the graduates, awardees, videos featuring some of your classmates and more from NPS social media...
- 25 March Graduation Story
- NPS Graduation Webpage
Your experiences have forged strong bonds of camaraderie and friendship. We are united by our common values and the liberties we collectively cherish. In concert with our allies around the world, we must and will continue to work to deter and defeat the adversaries of freedom.
Congratulations again, safe travels and all the best in your next tours!
With great respect and in abiding service,
Ann E. Rondeau, Ed.D.
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
President, Naval Postgraduate School
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Matthew Glavy, Deputy Commandant for Information, offered the commencement address for the NPS Winter Quarter graduating class on Friday, March 25, 2022, in King Auditorium.
Meet U.S. Navy Lt. Judith H Cho. As a Surface Warfare Officer graduating with Master of Science in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Manpower Systems Analysis program, Cho has received an advanced education in the economics and data analytics of optimized talent management.
Meet U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Paul P. Moreau. As an intelligence officer graduating with a Master of Science in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Defense Systems Analysis program, Moreau has the interdisciplinary education needed to excel in today’s evolving service.
Meet U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Lorenzo Rucker. As an upcoming graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Master of Applied Cyber Operations (MACO) program, Rucker has advanced the technical and analytical skills needed to lead in offensive and defensive cyber operations.
By MC1 Nathan K. Serpico
One year removed from the last ceremony fully relegated to cyberspace, the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) honored its 2022 Winter Quarter graduates, March 25 during an in-person commencement ceremony in King Hall Auditorium.
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Matthew Glavy, Deputy Commandant for Information, served as the commencement speaker for the 248 graduates, including 28 international students from 15 countries. Read more...
2022 Winter Quarter Class
A total of 248 U.S. and international military officers, and DOD civilians, completed their studies this quarter. The Winter Quarter class includes 80 U.S. Navy graduates; 3 U.S. Naval Reserves graduates; 20 U.S. Marine Corps graduates; 1 U.S. Marine Corps Reserves graduate; 1 U.S. Coast Guard graduate; 13 U.S. Army graduates; 8 U.S. Air Force graduates; 94 DoD civilian graduates, and 28 International graduates representing 15 countries.
View Commencement Ceremony pdf for a complete list.
Winter Quarter Awards
Congratulations to our Winter Quarter 2022 Awards Winners!
The Richard W. Hamming Faculty Award for Interdisciplinary Achievement – Dr. Marko Orescanin, Department of Oceanography and Dr. Bonnie Johnson, Department of Systems Engineering
The Surface Navy Association's Award for Excellence in Surface Warfare Research – LT Judith Cho, USN
The International Student Award for Excellence in Regional or Security Studies – Mr. Irakli Kochashvili, Georgian Ministry of Defense
The Louis D. Liskin Award for Excellence in Regional Security Studies – LCDR Joseph McGinnis, USN
Monterey Peninsula Council of the Navy League LCDR Tom Winant Highest Academic Achievement Award – LCDR Joseph McGinnis, USN
Marine Corps Association Superior Service Award for Outstanding U.S. Marine Student – Capt Michael Gannon, USMC
Association of the United States Army, General Joseph W. Stilwell Chapter, Award for Outstanding Army Student – MAJ Morgan Martin, USA
Air Force Association Award for Outstanding U.S. Air Force Student – Capt Corie Capalbo, USAF
Naval Postgraduate School Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for Department of Defense Student – Mr. Ryan S. McAllister
Naval Postgraduate School Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for International Students – LCDR Nikolaj Lindberg, Denmark Navy
Naval Postgraduate School Superior Service Award – Lt Col Denisha Brinkman, USAF
Joint Rear Admiral Jack Jarabak/Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition/National Defense Industrial Association Award for Excellence in Undersea Warfare Technology – LT Bridger Smith, USN
Chief of Naval Operations Undersea Warfare Award – LT Elliot George, USN
Naval Sea Systems Command Award in Naval/Mechanical Engineering – LT Samuel R. Royster, USN
Military Operations Research Society Stephen A. Tisdale Graduate Research Award – Capt (Don) Donggeon Lim, Republic of Korea Army
Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper Computer Science Award – LT Micky Hall, USN
Chief of Naval Operations Award for Excellence in Operations Research – LT James Wigle, USN
Chief of Naval Personnel Award for Academic Excellence in Manpower Systems Analysis – LT Anna Dolgova, USN and Major Michael Hanlon, USMC
The Department of Defense Management Faculty Outstanding International Student Award – Squadron Leader Ryan Ashen, Royal Australian Air Force and CPT John O’Keeffe, Australian Army
The Department of Defense Management Executive Master of Business Administration Teaching Excellence Award – Mr. David Kaczorowski, Department of Defense Management
Meyer Award for Outstanding Student in Systems Engineering (Distance Learning) – Ms. Kristina M. Haller and MAJ Michael Monfreda
Meyer Award for Teaching Excellence in Systems Engineering (Distance Learning) – Dr. Clifford A. Whitcomb and CAPT Don Muehlbach, PhD
The Curtis H. "Butch" Straub Achievement Award – Special Agent Kyle Mitchell, United States Secret Service, Washington D.C.
The Outstanding United States Air Force Graduate Award, Department of National Security Affairs – Capt Christine Martinez, USAF
Winter Graduation Highlights on Social Media
Winter Quarter Graduation is in the books!— Naval Postgraduate School (@NPS_Monterey) March 25, 2022
A special thanks to @USMC Lt. Gen. Matthew Glavy for an exceptional commencement address celebrating 248 new #NPSalumni. @USNavy #graduation #leadership #Navy #MarineCorps #Army #AirForce #allies #partnershttps://t.co/z7l0IAGfBZ
Join almost 250 of @NPS_Monterey's newest #npsalumni in celebrating the completion of their studies during the Winter Graduation Ceremony #today, Mar 25 at 10:00 a.m. PT.— NPS Foundation & Alumni Association (@NPSfoundation) March 25, 2022
#WatchLive at https://t.co/LQb0TRF4w1.
Learn more https://t.co/aQkC5OOS6j.
Class of 1967 #Graduation pic.twitter.com/H3iCQKprWn
Honored to have graduated @NPS_Monterey with dozens of other fantastic students. 10/10 recommend @npsCHDS for anyone interested. Thanks to the wonderful @VirgyIrisarri for flying across the hemisphere to be there with me.— Walker D. Mills (@WDMills1992) March 27, 2022
Not just have to finish that thesis... pic.twitter.com/LnwJdQoCSq
Watch nearly 250 defense leaders join the ranks of #NPSalumni during Winter Quarter #Graduation.— Naval Postgraduate School (@NPS_Monterey) March 25, 2022
Watch it live today at 10 am Pacific, https://t.co/RupSFFAkNW and check out https://t.co/5bmaFneU2X for more info on this quarter's grads. @USNavy @USMC @USNavyCNO @USNavyResearch pic.twitter.com/ET9kEYOH3v
Meet Lt. Judith H. Cho, a Surface Warfare Officer graduating in NPS' Manpower Systems Analysis program.— Naval Postgraduate School (@NPS_Monterey) March 25, 2022
Watch Cho and 240+ of her NPS peers during Winter Qrtr #Graduation, LIVE on Friday, March 25 at 10am Pacific. https://t.co/qE6NbXAvjT @USNavy @SurfaceWarriors @USNavyResearch pic.twitter.com/vQnpty6QdK
Meet @USMC Maj. Paul Moreau, an upcoming graduate in NPS' Defense Systems Analysis program.— Naval Postgraduate School (@NPS_Monterey) March 24, 2022
Watch Moreau and 240+ of his NPS peers during Winter Qrtr #Graduation, LIVE on Friday, March 25 at 10am Pacific. https://t.co/qE6NbXiTVj @USNavy pic.twitter.com/UQjhJEizsC
Meet @USMC Master Sgt. Lorenzo Rucker, an upcoming graduate in NPS' Master of Applied #Cyber #Operations program.— Naval Postgraduate School (@NPS_Monterey) March 23, 2022
Watch Rucker and 240+ of his NPS peers during Winter Qrtr #Graduation, LIVE on Friday, March 25 at 10am Pacific. https://t.co/qE6NbXiTVj @USNavy @MARFORCYBER pic.twitter.com/1AxOp09Tod