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 19 December 2020 at 12:00pm Pacific Time

RSVP Required


  • Location – USS Midway Museum, 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, California
  • 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)
  • 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

2020 Event Schedule for 15th Graduating Class

Pacific Time Event Presented By
12:00pm Welcome & Pledge of Allegiance/Presentation of the Colors Dr. Lance Larson
12:10pm Introduction to Homeland Security Graduate Program Dr. Lance Larson / Dr. Eric Frost
12:15pm SDSU College of Sciences Welcome Dean Jeff T. Roberts Ph.D.
12:20pm Associate Dean Welcome Dr. Cathie Atkins
12:25pm Introductory Keynote Captain Dale Ferranto, USN (Ret.)
12:45pm Visionary Keynote Glenn Haddox, CISO
1:15pm Presentation of Graduates (various)
1:45pm Presentation of Special Awards (various)
1:55pm Closing Announcements Dr. Lance Larson
2:05pm HSEC Group Photo (meet at conning tower/Island)

Please contact us with any questions or concerns