Homeland Security

The San Diego State University Graduate Program in Homeland Security will hold graudation ceremonies on the flight deck bow of the USS Midway Museum located at 910 North Harbor Drive, on Sunday 19 May 2019 at 1pm Pacific Time

RSVP Required


  • 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 the graduates, available for download in the days following ceremony
  • Parking - $10 paid upon arrival; see Midway.org for directions and details
  • Tour – the USS Midway often allows entrance to main ship after the ceremony (no re-admission)
  • 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

Previous 2018 Event Schedule for 13th Graduating Class

Pacific Time Event Presented By
10:00am Welcome & Pledge of Allegiance Dr. Lance Larson
10:10am Introduction to Homeland Security Graduate Program Dr. Lance Larson
10:15am SDSU College of Sciences Welcome Dr. Cathie Atkins
10:20am Homeland Security Director Welcome Dr. Eric Frost
10:25am Introductory Keynote Colonel John Persano, USMC (Retired)
10:45am Visionary Keynote Vice Admiral Martoglio, USN (Retired)
11:15am Presentation of Graduates (various)
11:45am Presentation of Special Awards (various)
11:55am Closing Announcements Dr. Lance Larson
Noon HSEC Group Photo (meet at conning tower)

Please contact us with any questions or concerns