Homeland Security

The San Diego State University Graduate Program in Homeland Security will hold graduation ceremonies on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 11:00am Pacific Time

RSVP Required


  • Location – USS Midway Museum, 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, California
  • Entrance – Enter via the ship's FORWARD bow (named "brow 1") stairs.  Do not enter through the main guest entrance.  For ADA accessible entrance, enter via the main entrance elevator.
  • Parking - $10 paid upon arrival; see Midway.org for directions and details
  • Guests – Each student may bring 10 guests, in addition to the student
  • Additional Guests - depends on availability; announced days before ceremony
  • Environment – You are on the open-air deck of an aircraft carrier in the direct sun; wind gusts are possible
  • Sun Protection – Two hours in the mid-70s San Diego sun may be daunting; sunglasses and sunscreen recommended
  • Guests with Disabilities – Access via the main elevators using your assistive equipment (none provided)
  • Photographers - will take photos of all graduates, available for download in the days following ceremony. 
    You and your family are also welcome to take your own photographs.
  • Tour – the USS Midway often allows entrance to main ship after the ceremony
    (no re-admission; plan some time after the ceremony to tour with your family!)
  • Food - not provided but available for Purchase from Midway Museum Café and gift shop (on lower deck).
    Nearby restaurants may require a reservation (book early!)

For HSEC Graduates

  • Attire – Business (suit and tie, or similar) or military/uniform attire
  • Cap and Gown - NOT necessary but an option if you prefer
  • Eligibility - Any students who are graduating last Spring, this Fall or this Summer are welcome
  • Commencement - Most graduates also attend the larger College of Sciences Commencement
  • Graduation Program - will be available to print for your guests one week before the event
  • Front Rows - are reserved for the graduates (guests may sit in third row and further back)
  • Arrive 45 min early - to ensure inclusion in graduation ceremony and complete necessary paperwork

2023, 2024 Event Schedule for 20th, 21st Graduating Class

Pacific Time Event Presented By
11:00am Welcome & Pledge of Allegiance/Presentation of the Colors Dr. Lance Larson
11:10am Introduction to Homeland Security Graduate Program Dr. Lance Larson / Dr. Eric Frost
11:15am SDSU College of Sciences Welcome Dean Jeff T. Roberts Ph.D.
11:20am Associate Dean Welcome Dr. Carmelo Interlando
11:25am Visionary Keynote Dr. Jeffery Osborne, SDSU Imperial Valley
11:50am Alumnus Keynote Sergeant Aaron Lucas, NYPD Counter Terrorism Division
12:00pm Presentation of Graduates (various)
12:25pm Presentation of Special Awards (various)
12:35pm Closing Announcements Dr. Lance Larson
12:45pm HSEC Group Photo (meet at conning tower/Island)

Please contact us with any questions or concerns