The General Convocation of the 24th intake of Officers of The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) were awarded degrees at the convocation held at BMICH on 28th October 2010. H.E. President Mahinda Rajapakse the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces was the Chief Guest while the Chancellor of the Kotalawala Defence University Lt.Gen Dennis Perera was also in attendence.
The Graduates, their parents, the members of the academic staff of the (KDU), Presidents Secretary Mr Lalith Weeratunga and Chief of Defence Staff Commander of the Air Force Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke, Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Tisara Samarasinghe, past commanders and many more Senior Officers of the armed forces were present.
Addressing the gathering H.E. President Mahinda Rajapakse stated "Military Officers should themselves set an example to their junior ranks by showing them the correct path and Forces personnel have to comply with the country’s military, civil and criminal law. He stressed that they cannot evade the civil law of the country merely because they were military personnel.
The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) was initially established as the "General Sir John Kotelawala Defence Academy" by the Parliamentary Act of 1981 and subsequently it was elevated to University status by the amendment Act No 27 of 1988, thereby empowering it to award Bachelors' and Postgraduate degrees in Defence Studies.