AFIT to award more than 200 degrees March 23

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  • By Katie Scott Air Force Institute of Technology

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The Air Force Institute of Technology’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management will present 203 master’s and five doctorate degrees at a commencement ceremony March 23.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Retired Gen. Lester Lyles will be the graduation’s keynote speaker. Lyles retired in 2003 as the commander of the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. As commander, Lyles was responsible for leading the research, development, test and evaluation, acquisition management services and logistics support necessary to keep Air Force weapon systems ready for war. Lyles earned a master’s degree in mechanical and nuclear engineering from New Mexico State University through the AFIT Civilian Institution Program.

Walter Jones, AFIT director and chancellor, will provide welcome remarks.

This graduating class includes 172 Department of Defense officers, seven enlisted and 19 civilians, seven defense industry contractors and two international students from Australia and Israel. One graduate will earn dual degrees in data science and operations research. Students represent every branch of the military, with 154 Air Force, 13 Space Force, seven Army, four Marine and one Air National Guard members receiving degrees.

The ceremony will be livestreamed on the AFIT YouTube channel

The link will also be posted to the AFIT website:

About AFIT

The Air Force Institute of Technology, or AFIT, located at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the Department of the Air Force’s leader for advanced, multi-disciplinary academic education, as well as its institution for initial technical and professional continuing education.

AFIT is committed to providing defense-focused graduate education and related research, and operationally relevant initial skills training and professional continuing education to sustain the technological supremacy of America’s air, space, and cyber forces. 

AFIT accomplishes its mission through four resident schools: the Graduate School of Engineering and Management, the School of Systems and Logistics, The Civil Engineer School, and the School of Strategic Force Studies. AFIT also manages all Air Force health, line, legal, and chaplain graduate education at civilian institutions. For more information, visit: