One hundred and fifty students graduated with a Masters degree on Thursday whilst studying at the Defence Academy.
Opening the ceremony, Steve Petrie the Defence Academy Operations Director, set the scene for Defence in 2015 and the different operating environment of the future.
These he said had placed “considerable new demands on our people; skills that have not previously been the natural domain of the military officer have had to be learnt; new processes mastered and new organisations and rapidly developing technologies understood.
“For the Defence Academy and our academic partner, Cranfield University, this evolving landscape is both challenging and rewarding.”
He continued: “These are – and are likely to remain – uncertain times, in whatever sphere you name – government, finance, education, law and order, health and defence. Not just in Britain, but all around the world there is simply no guarantee of security or respite from turmoil.
“We have always known that Defence demands people with intellectual capacity, ingenuity, and resourcefulness. Given the challenges we face, there is much to be done. Rise to the challenge as you have to your studies here - maintaining through your careers an approach which is defined by intellectual curiosity and resourcefulness, and we will be in good hands.
“But, that is all for tomorrow! For today, enjoy the praise which you have earned in the company of your family and friends. And, on behalf of all of us at the Defence Academy, many congratulations!”