Graduation Week 2014
22-28 May 2014
PLEASE NOTE: Graduation registration is now available. Please click the link at the bottom left to navigate to the registration site.

Graduation Dates
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Class of 2014: Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Class of 2015: Thursday, 28 May 2015 (confirmed - see calendar here)
Class of 2016: Thursday, 26 May 2016 (pending calendar approval)
Class of 2017: Thursday, 25 May 2017 (pending calendar approval)

Welcome to your United States Air Force Academy!  Graduation Week activities for the USAFA Class of 2014, the 56th Graduating Class and the Lieutenant Colonel Jay Zeamer, Jr. Class will commence on Thursday, 22 May, and end Wednesday afternoon, 28 May 2014, with the Graduation Ceremony and an exciting demonstration from the USAF Thunderbirds in the skies over Falcon Stadium. The Vice President of the United States Joe Biden will speak at the ceremony this year. He last spoke at an Academy Graduation in 2009.

If you have questions or comments about Graduation Week 2014, please feel free to e-mail special.events@usafa.edu.

Graduation Week 2013 was an exciting week of ceremonies and activities! We invite you to view photographs of Grad Week 2013 events here. You may view the 2013 Graduation Ceremony Program here.

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). 
Throughout Grad Week, you may enter the base via the North Gate by showing your driver’s license or a military ID.  You may also be asked to show proof of insurance and a valid vehicle registration.  All vehicles entering the base are subject to inspection/search by security personnel.  Guests should refrain from bringing large bags, coolers, backpacks or other items that will require additional scrutiny or searches from security personnel.  If you are driving a rental car, please keep the rental agreement and current proof of insurance in the vehicle at all times.  Note that seatbelts must be worn by all vehicle occupants at all times when driving on the Academy.  The parking pass identifies your vehicle as belonging to a USAFA visitor – please print the pass in color or on blue paper and place it in your driver's side dash.  Remember that the pass does not get you on base – you must show a valid driver's license or military ID to enter the base.  All non-DOD visitors must enter through the North Gate.

USAFA does not issue handicapped or special parking passes, so please bring your own handicapped placard in order to access the handicapped parking lot (immediately north of Stillman Parade Field) and the handicapped parking at the stadium on graduation day. If you do not have a handicapped placard, you may speak with the parking attendant to be allowed to park in the handicapped lots.  Handicapped shuttles will operate throughout the Cadet Area during Grad Week – we ask that no more than one guest accompanying the handicapped individual. 

Please make sure to follow all posted speed limits when driving on the base.  Drivers may not use hand­held cellular phones while the vehicle is in motion.  If you need to make or take a call, please use a hands-free device or pull to the side of the road.  Also, be aware that radar detectors are not permitted on base.  Finally, keep in mind that wildlife such as deer, elk and wild turkeys can be a hazard while driving on the Academy.  Please be alert for them and drive carefully.  Remember, they have the right-of-way!

If Force Protection Conditions (FPCONs) change due to world events or events closer to home, some scheduled events may change or require additional security precautions for the safety of all our guests.  Any event changes will be advertised in local media and on the message boards at the base entry gates.

If you have a medical, fire or police emergency, please call 911 immediately.  There are several major medical facilities in Colorado Springs to handle medical situations:  Memorial Hospital Central, (719) 365-5000, Memorial Hospital North, (719) 364-5000, Penrose-St. Francis, (719) 776-5000, and St. Francis Medical Center, (719) 571-1000.

Throughout Grad Week, we appreciate your vigilance to ensure the safety of our cadets and visitors.  Your help in the detection and reporting of criminal activities will ensure that this year’s graduation is a success.  Anyone observing suspicious behavior or activity is urged to promptly report it to USAFA Security Forces at (719) 333-2000 or 333-4100.  REMEMBER, IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!
Graduation announcements for the Class of 2014 may be ordered from any company or website of your choice. We have no contract with a specific vendor to produce announcements. You may order the 2014 USAFA Graduation DVD, photographs of your cadet receiving his/her diploma and the 2014 POLARIS Yearbook through the Office of Cadet Wing Media. The DVD includes every graduate, Graduation Week activities excerpts and Class of 2014 bonus material. This DVD is the only graduation product officially sanctioned by the USAF Academy. Click here to order your 2014 Polaris yearbook and/or Graduation DVD.

Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch has been contracted to provide professional photographs of your cadet at the Graduation Ball and 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 to order Graduation ball photos and here for graduation ceremony photo information. 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.

You may contact Cadet Wing Media by calling (719) 333-4644, sending an email to cwmedia@usafa.edu or writing to 10 FSS/FSLAM, P.O. Box 6066, USAFA CO 80841-6066. Visit their web page at http://www.usafasupport.com/cadet-activities/cadet-media
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Graduation Ceremony Tickets
Cadets from the Class of 2014 will get as many ceremony tickets as they need for their guests. Please make sure to coordinate with your cadet to ensure he/she requests the correct number of tickets. Your cadet will get his/her allotment of tickets around 1 May; we do not recommend they mail the tickets to their guests, so please plan on picking them up from your cadet when you arrive in Colorado in May.

Availability of public tickets for the Air Force Academy Graduation Ceremony will be announced in early May 2014. The tickets are free, must be picked up in person and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Handicapped seating 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 Formal Reception Tickets
Held on Tuesday evening before Graduation, the Graduation Reception is a formal, heavy hors d'oeuvres reception for graduating cadets, their families and guests. Guests have the opportunity to meet and mingle with senior USAFA staff and the USAF Thunderbirds pilots and staff.

There is no limit to the number of guests per cadet; however, due to the popularity of this event, recommend you purchase tickets when they become available (1 Apr 2014). Tickets may be purchased from Academy Concerts located in Arnold Hall. Tickets may be purchased in person or by phone at (719) 333-4497, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Credit cards (Master Card and Visa) are accepted. Graduating cadets attend at no charge but must pick up tickets from Academy Concerts. There will be no ticket sales at the door but tickets may be picked up at "Will Call" located in the center doors of Mitchell Hall.. Cost per ticket is $18.00. See flyer here.
Parking will be in the Field House parking lots. Transportation will be available from the Field House parking lots to the Cadet Area throughout the evening.


Graduation Event Info Line:
(719) 333-4723 (GRAD)

HQ USAFA/PA, Media Relations
Contact Info:

Telephone: (719) 333-7731
333-7795
Fax: (719) 333-4094

HQ USAFA/A8A, Plans, Programs & Institutional Events
Contact Info:
Telephone: (719) 333-3451 / 0837
DSN: 333-3451 / 0837
Fax: (719) 333-4309
Fax: DSN 333-4309

US Mail: 2304 Cadet Dr, Suite 3800 USAF Academy, CO 80840-5002


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2014 Class Ring