Class 51 Graduation

The Inter-American Defense College graduated its 51st class at the Organization of American States June 21. The graduation ceremony, held at the OAS, was the culmination of a yearlong graduate-level study conducted by the students during their time here.

Class 51, “La Clase sin Fronteras,” or “Class without borders,” as they proclaimed themselves, were congratulated over the course of the past week during a number of events that were held in their honor.

Beginning the week of festivities, a gala dinner was held at the IADC June 15 commemorating their time here and was also used as a time to honor three students for their exemplary attendance throughout the year and included various trips, academic activities and seminars. Also honored during the dinner was Prof. Ricardo Luiz Guimarães de Azevedo from Brazil, who was selected for the honor from his peer advisors and the students of Class 51. Colonel Erick Escobedo, from Guatemala, was also honored for his contributions as the chief of course over the past year.

Joint-Base Anacostia Bolling held a mass for the students on the morning of June 17. Continuing the events, the IADC hosted an advisor recognition ceremony June 19 to showcase the college’s support of the advisors during their time here.

The day prior to the graduation, the college was visited by Adm. Harald Sievers, director of ANEPE, the Chilean college that partnered with the IADC and provided master’s degrees to more than 40 students of the current class and class 50 as well as current advisors.

Finally, the graduation ceremony, which was held at the OAS main building and featured Secretary General of the OAS José Miguel Insulza as the keynote speaker, was a welcome ceremony for the 62 students graduating. Rear Adm. Jeff Lemmons, director of the IADC also presented honorary diplomas to General Araya, ANEPE, and Dean Louis Goodman, American University.

A reception immediately followed the graduation ceremony and acted as a final culmination for the time the students spent during their time at the IADC.

For the comments made by Rear Adm. Jeff Lemmons, director of the IADC, and Secretary General Insulza, they can be viewed at the links located below.