21-28 May 2015
Class of 2015: Thursday, 28 May 2015 (see calendar here)
Class of 2016: Thursday, 2 June 2016 (see calendar here)
Class of 2017: Thursday, 1 June 2017 (pending calendar approval)
Class of 2018: Thursday, 31 May 2018 (pending calendar approval)
Class of 2019: Thursday, 30 May 2019 (pending calendar approval)
Welcome to your United States Air Force Academy! Graduation Week activities for the USAFA Class of 2015, the 57th Graduating Class and the Wright Brothers Class will begin on Thursday, 21 May, and end Thursday afternoon, 28 May 2015, with the Graduation Ceremony and an exciting demonstration from the USAF Thunderbirds in the skies over Falcon Stadium.
Deborah Lee James, the secretary of the Air Force, will be this year's commencement speaker.
On Thursday, 21 May, Grad Week officially begins with a cadet performance of the comedy, The Pajama Game at Arnold Hall. Sunday, 24 May, we invite you to attend Baccalaureate Services at the Cadet Chapel and the Superintendent's Reception at Arnold Hall. Tuesday, 26 May and Wednesday, 27 May, will be busy days with various awards ceremonies, the Graduation Parade and Commissioning Ceremonies.
If you have questions or comments about Graduation Week 2015, please feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grad Week Information and Registration Grad week information will be e-mailed to parents/guests who register via the Graduation Registration site. There is no restriction as to who can register, however you must have your cadet's name and email address to verify the registration. You will receive an email with attachments, including the Graduation Week brochure, schedule of events, Superintendent welcome letter, parking pass and event flyers (click here to download all attachments). All items may be printed at home. If you are not able to print the items or do not have access to the internet, please ask your cadet to print the documents and send them to you or provide them upon your arrival. Please make sure to coordinate your visit closely with your cadet, as he/she will need to pick up your graduation ceremony and reception tickets. Registration is primarily to provide information to you on Graduation Week activities. It also allows us to collect an estimate of the total numbers of guests, but we do not require updated registrations if your number or information changes. When registering, please make sure to identify any individuals in your group who may be of a distinguished visitor status (such as general officers, active or retired; high-ranking elected officials; international high-ranking individuals; heads of state; celebrities; or others that may be considered of DV stature).
Graduation Ceremony tickets will be distributed to graduating cadets in mid-May. Each cadet will receive as many tickets as he/she requests for their guests, so make sure to coordinate closely with your cadet. We strongly recommend guests wait till they arrive before getting their tickets as lost/misplaced tickets cannot be replaced.
A limited number of Graduation Ceremony tickets will be available to the public through the Colorado Springs and Tri-Lakes Chambers of Commerce and the USAFA Athletic Ticket Office in mid-May. Tickets must be picked up in person with a maximum of four tickets each on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets cannot be mailed and there is no will-call at the stadium.
Handicapped seating in the stadium is not ticketed or reserved, although guests must have a ticket in order to enter the stadium. Wheelchair seating is located at the top of the following sections: U2, U5, U9, U12, M2, M6, M10, M14, L3, L6, L7, L9, L10 and L13. The entire top row of the L sections (L-2 through L-14) is reserved for handicapped guests and is first-come, first-served. Guests are advised to arrive early for this seating.
In the event of severe, life-threatening weather or security response to a high-threat world situation, the ceremony could be moved into Clune Arena at the Cadet Field House. Because Clune has limited seating capacity, guests of graduating cadets would be restricted to three per cadet. For this reason, we make every attempt to hold the graduation ceremony outdoors in Falcon Stadium, even in less than ideal weather conditions.
Graduation Photos, Video and Yearbook
You may order the 2015 USAFA Graduation DVD, photographs of your cadet receiving his/her diploma and the 2015 POLARIS Yearbook through the Office of Cadet Wing Media. The DVD includes every graduate, Graduation Week activities excerpts and Class of 2015 bonus material. This DVD is the only graduation product officially sanctioned by the USAF Academy. Click here to order your 2015 Polaris yearbook and/or Graduation DVD.
Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch has been contracted to provide professional photographs of your cadet at the Graduation Ceremony. The contract photographer will mail proofs to each graduating cadet’s home of record within six weeks after graduation with instructions for purchasing these photographs. If you do not receive a proof from the photographer, please contact Lifetouch directly. Click here for the order form to order Graduation Ceremony photos. For more information call (800) 426-9533, go online at http://events.lifetouch.com/usairforceacademycoloradospringsco or write to Lifetouch, 1170 Pontiac Ave, Cranston, RI 02920, Attn: AFA Grad.
Professional portrait photographers are available at Arnold Hall for formal cadet or family portraits during the Graduation Ball. Photos can be viewed and will be available for purchase at http://events.lifetouch.com/usairforceacademycoloradospringsco
Contact Cadet Wing Media by calling (719) 333-4644, sending an email to email@example.com or writing to 10 FSS/FSLAM, P.O. Box 6066, USAFA CO 80841-6066. Visit their web page at http://www.usafasupport.com/cadet-media.html.
A Year in the Blue. The USAFA Association of Graduates offers the families of our graduating cadets an opportunity to purchase the first ever feature-length documentary of the Air Force Academy, A Year in the Blue. Click here to order your own personal copy of this extraordinary video!
Graduation Week 2014 Information
Graduation for the USAFA Class of 2014, the 56th Graduating Class and the Lieutenant Colonel Jay Zeamer, Jr. Class took place in Falcon Stadium on 28 May 2014, culminating with an exciting demonstration from the USAF Thunderbirds in the skies over Falcon Stadium. The Vice President of the United States Joe Biden spoke at the ceremony this year. We were honored to launch 995 new lieutenants into careers of service to their Nation! If you were able to attend, we hope you had a wonderful and memorable visit!
The 2014 Graduation Ceremony program may be downloaded here.
Photos of Graduation Week events are posted on the USAFA website at this link. You may also find photos of Grad Week activities on the USAFA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/#!/USAFA.Official/photos_albums). Our USAFA radio station, 97.7 KAFA, has posted photos of Grad Week 2014 - you may find them at https://www.facebook.com/KAFAradio/photos_albums. Finally, you may contact Lifetouch at http://events.lifetouch.com/usairforceacademycoloradospringsco to be contacted when photos of your cadet are posted and available for purchase (see Cadet Wing Media contact information below).
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