The Command and General Staff Officers Course (CGSOC) Class of 2018 graduation ceremony will be conducted June 15 at 9 a.m. on the Fort Leavenworth Main Parade Field (northeast corner of Kearny Ave. and Sumner Pl.).
The graduating class includes mid-career officers from all American military services as well as 119 international officers representing 95 countries and 24 federal government civilian employees.
In addition to completing the graduate-level course, approximately 135 students will be awarded the Master of Military Art and Science Degree. Students earn the master’s degree by successful completion of the Command and General Staff Officers Course, successful completion of an oral comprehensive exam, and writing and orally defending a thesis based on original research. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award the master’s degree.
Individual award recipients will be announced at the graduation ceremony.
Army Vice Chief of Staff, General James C. McConville, will deliver graduation remarks. The Army’s second ranking officer, commanded the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); 4th Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division; 2nd Squadron, 17th Calvary Regiment in the 101st Division; and C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division before becoming the 36th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. McConville, a 1994 graduate of the Command and General Staff College, is a native of Quincy, Massachusetts, and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. He holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University in 2002.
The ceremony is open to the public. – Open parking for graduation will be the Bell Hall Parking Lot (southwest corner of Sherman Ave. and Reynolds Ave.) and the Lewis and Clark Center student parking lot (south of the Lewis and Clark Center on Stimson Ave.). Shuttle buses will run from the North end of the Bell Hall Lot and from the crosswalk at the Lewis and Clark Center to the Main Parade prior to graduation and make the return trip after graduation.