Center for Homeland Defense and Security Commencement Remarks as Prepared by Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf [December 17, 2020]   [open pdf - 127KB]

From the Commencement Speech: "Good morning, graduates. It is an honor to join you virtually to celebrate this momentous occasion and to congratulate each of you for your dedication and hard work. Today's event is a celebration of your commitment and tenacity, and each of you should take pride in this achievement. It's important to remember that no one reaches this type of accomplishment alone, so it is only proper that we also recognize your family members, loved ones, mentors, and colleagues who have made up your support system. Let me give a special thanks to the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security for inviting me to speak to you all today. I'll state the obvious and say that 2020 has been a challenging year, but it's important that we have all come together today for this important milestone in your careers. CHDS [Center for Homeland Defense and Security] has existed in parallel with the Department since its very inception. For 17 years, CHDS has provided leaders like yourselves the opportunity to obtain an advanced degree in the field of homeland security. Having been around the Department since its inception in 2003, I can tell you firsthand that the Department is one of the most complex organizations within the federal government. Our diverse mission set alone covers a wide variety of homeland security challenges."

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