USAFA Graduation Week 2014
22–28 May 2014


Parking for all events is at the Field House unless specified below. Shuttle buses will run to each event unless otherwise indicated.

Please note: Information on recommended dress is provided for each event. We ask your cooperation in ensuring your guests wear appropriate attire throughout their stay at the Academy.

You may download a printable copy of the Graduation Schedule of Events and Graduation Brochure. These and other .pdf formatted files can be viewed and printed using the free Adobe ® Acrobat ® Reader which can be downloaded by following this link to the Adobe Web Site.


Thursday, 22 May 2014

BLUEBARDS PRODUCTION, The Drowsy Chaperone
Thursday, 22 May, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Arnold Hall Theate
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Event Info:
The Bluebards, the USAFA Cadet Theater Troupe, is proud to present the musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. A family-friendly comedy and five-time Tony Award-winning musical, Chaperone is a Cole Porter-like parody, a show within a show, complete with 1920s stock characters romping across the set while a bashful Broadway fanatic provides running commentary. This event is open to cadets, their guests and the general public. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for military, seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the performance. Click here for event flyer.
Parking: Harmon Hall parking lot
Transportation: No shuttle service will be available.
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Slacks, Skirt or Dress
Gentlemen: Slacks with Open Collar


Friday, 23 May 2014

RING DINING-OUT (FOR SECOND-CLASS CADETS AND GUESTS ONLY)
Friday, 23 May, 5:30–7:45 p.m.
Mitchell Hall


Event Info:
Presentation of class rings to Class of 2015. This event is open to cadets and their adult guests. Tickets are required. Cadets may purchase tickets through the Ring Committee and the squadron ring representative during April. Parking: Harmon Hall parking lot
Transportation: No shuttle service will be available.
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Formal or Semi-Formal Gown or Dress (short or long)
Gentlemen: Black Tie or Suit and Tie
Military: Mess Dress

RING DANCE (FOR SECOND-CLASS CADETS AND GUESTS ONLY)
Friday, 23 May, 8:00 –11:00 p.m.
Arnold Hall Ballroom

Event Info:
Honors cadets of the Class of 2015. This event is open to cadets and their adult guests. No tickets are required.
Parking: Harmon Hall parking lot
Transportation: No shuttle service will be available
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Formal or Semi-Formal Gown or Dress (short or long)s
Gentlemen: Black Tie or Suit and Tie
Military: Mess Dress

Saturday, 24 May 2014

BLUEBARDS PRODUCTION, The Drowsy Chaperone
Saturday, 24 May, Matinee Performance 4:00–6:00 p.m., Evening Performance 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Arnold Hall Theater


Event Info:
The Bluebards, the USAFA Cadet Theater Troupe, is proud to present the musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. A family-friendly comedy and five-time Tony Award-winning musical, Chaperone is a Cole Porter-like parody, a show within a show, complete with 1920s stock characters romping across the set while a bashful Broadway fanatic provides running commentary. This event is open to cadets, their guests and the general public. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for military, seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the performance. Click here for event flyer.
Parking: Harmon Hall parking lot
Transportation: No shuttle service will be available
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Slacks, Skirt or Dress
Gentlemen: Slacks with Open Collar


Sunday, 25 May 2014

BACCALAUREATE SERVICES
Sunday, 25 May, 8:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Cadet Chapel


8:00–9:15.....................Catholic Mass (Squadrons 28–40)
10:00–11:15.................Catholic Mass (Squadrons 14–27)
11:00–12:00.................Jewish Service (All Squadrons)
11:00–12:15.................Protestant Service (All Squadrons)
12:00–1:15...................Catholic Mass (Squadrons 1–13)

Event Info:
Baccalaureate services are religious in nature and honor our graduating cadets. No tickets are required. Graduates and their guests are asked to attend the service specified for their squadron as listed above.
Parking: Harmon Hall and Field House parking lots
Transportation: Shuttle bus service will be available from the Field House lots to the Cadet Chapel.
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Slacks, Skirt or Dress
Gentlemen: Business Suit or Coat and Tie
Military: Service Dress.

SUPERINTENDENT'S FAMILY RECEPTION
Sunday, 25 May, 1:00–5:15 p.m.
The Carlton House


1:00–2:00 p.m..................................3rd Cadet Group (Squadrons 21–30)
2:05 –3:05 p.m..................................4th Cadet Group (Squadrons 31–40)
3:10–4:10 p.m..................................1st Cadet Group (Squadrons 1–10)
4:15–5:15 p.m..................................2nd Cadet Group (Squadrons 11–20)

Event Info:
An opportunity for the Class of 2014 and their families to meet the USAFA Superintendent and senior staff and tour the Superintendent's historic quarters, The Carlton House. Four free tickets will be provided to each graduating cadet – please coordinate with your cadet if you wish to attend as he/she will need to escort you. Cadets do not require tickets.
Parking: Northeast grass lot next to the house.
Transportation: No shuttle service will be provided from the Cadet Area.
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Slacks, Skirt or Dress
Gentlemen: Business Suit or Coat and Tie
Military/Cadets: Service Dress


CADET ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Sunday, 25 May, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Arnold Hall Theater


Event Info:
This event is open to cadets, their guests and the general public. The Cadet Orchestra is a cadet club consisting of about 45 cadets interested in furthering their instrumental skills who wanted to have an outlet for playing classical music in a group setting. The orchestra will perform selections of well-known classical pieces from Tchaikovsky to Saint-Saens as well as Broadway and movie scores. No tickets are required. Click here for event flyer.
Parking: Harmon Hall parking lot
Transportation: No shuttle service will be provided.
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Slacks, Skirt or Dress
Gentlemen: Slacks with Open Collar

BLUEBARDS PRODUCTION, The Drowsy Chaperone
Sunday, 25 May, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Arnold Hall Theater


Event Info:
The Bluebards, the USAFA Cadet Theater Troupe, is proud to present the musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. A family-friendly comedy and five-time Tony Award-winning musical, Chaperone is a Cole Porter-like parody, a show within a show, complete with 1920s stock characters romping across the set while a bashful Broadway fanatic provides running commentary. This event is open to cadets, their guests and the general public. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for military, seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the performance. Click here for event flyer.
Parking: Harmon Hall parking lot
Transportation: No shuttle service will be provided.
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Slacks, Skirt or Dress
Gentlemen: Slacks with Open Collar

Monday, 26 May 2014 (Memorial Day)

ORGANIZATIONAL AWARDS PARADE
Monday, 26 May, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Stillman Parade Field


Event Info:
Mandatory for cadets and open to their guests and the public. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please do not bring large bags/backpacks to the parade. Cameras, video cameras and binoculars are permitted – please be prepared to remove lenses for security inspection at the parade field entrance.
NOTE: In the event of severe inclement weather or poor field conditions, this parade may be cancelled and the Organizational Awards will be presented at the Individual Awards Ceremony in the Field House at 1:30 p.m.
Parking: Field House Parking Lots
Transportation: Shuttle bus service will be provided between the Field House and the parade field beginning at 7:00 a.m. Handicapped-equipped vans will run from the parking area to the parade ground and will return following the parade.
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Slacks, Skirt or Dress
Gentlemen: Business Suit or Coat and Tie
Military: Service Dress

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS CEREMONY
Monday, 26 May, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Clune Arena, Cadet Field House


Event Info:
Mandatory for cadets; open to their families and guests. During this ceremony, the individual cadet awards will be presented and nationally competitive scholarships announced. Seating will be first-come, first-served. The Cadet Sabre Drill Team will perform prior to the start of the ceremony.
Parking: Field House parking lots
Transportation: Shuttles will run from the Field House lots to locations throughout the Cadet Area.
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Slacks, Skirt or Dress
Gentlemen: Business Suit or Coat and Tie
Military: Service Dress

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS RECEPTION (by invitation only)
Monday, 26 May, 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Cadet Field House


Event Info:
This reception follows the Individual Awards Ceremony and honors both the donors and the cadet recipients of awards.


CADET CHORALE CONCERT
Monday, 26 May, 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Arnold Hall Theater


Event Info:
This event is open to the public. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for event flyer.
Parking: Harmon Hall upper lot
Transportation: No shuttle service will be provided.
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Slacks, Skirt or Dress
Gentlemen: Slacks with Open Collar

AFAF CADET LEADERSHIP RECEPTION (by invitation only)
Monday, 26 May, 5:00–6:30 p.m.
The Carlton House


Event Info:
The Air Force Academy Foundation (AFAF) Cadet Leadership Reception is a private, Superintendent-hosted event, which honors the new first-class cadets from the squadron receiving the AFAF-sponsored Leadership & Scholarship Squadron Award and past Georgetown and Colorado Leadership Alliance Scholars.
Parking: The Carlton House parking lot
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Slacks, Skirt or Dress
Gentlemen: Business Suit or Coat and Tie
Cadets: Service Dress or Parade Dress (depending on what they were wearing to the Grad Ceremony)
Military: Service Dress


SHOW CHOIR MUSICAL REVIEW
Monday, 26 May, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Arnold Hall Theater


Event Info:
This event is open to cadets, their guests and the general public. Tickets are not required. Click here for event flyer.
Parking: Harmon Hall parking lot
Transportation: No shuttle service will be provided.
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Slacks, Skirt or Dress
Gentlemen: Slacks with Open Collar

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

GRADUATION TAPPING CEREMONY
Tuesday, 27 May, 7:45–9:00 a.m.
Arnold Hall Ballroom


Event Info:
This event includes several "tapping" ceremonies, including the Curtiss, Civil Air Patrol, 100-Year Honor Roll, Outstanding Falcon Scholar, Enlisted Cadet and Prep School Cadet Tapping Ceremonies. Open to honored cadets and their families. During the ceremony, a special nameplate for each honored individual will be affixed ("tapped") onto the memorial plaque located in Arnold Hall.
Parking: Harmon Hall and Field House parking lots
Transportation: Shuttles will run from the Field House lots to locations throughout the Cadet Area.
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Slacks, Skirt or Dress
Gentlemen: Business Suit or Coat and Tie
Military: Service Dress

GRADUATION PARADE
Tuesday, 27 May, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Stillman Parade Field


Event Info:
Mandatory for cadets and open to their guests and the public. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please do not bring large bags/backpacks to the parade. Cameras, video cameras and binoculars are permitted – please be prepared to remove lenses for security inspection at the parade field entrance. In the event of severe inclement weather or poor field conditions, this parade may be cancelled.
Make sure to arrive early for aerial demonstrations by our cadet flying teams, including glider landings on the parade field and a parachute jump by the award-winning Wings of Blue.
Parking: Cadet Field House parking lots
Transportation: Shuttle bus service will be provided between the Field House and the parade field beginning at 7:00 a.m. Handicapped-equipped vans will run from the parking area to the parade ground and will return following the parade.
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Slacks, Skirt or Dress
Gentlemen: Business Suit or Coat and Tie
Military: Service Dress

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT AWARD CEREMONIES
Tuesday, 27 May, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Department Ceremony times & locations will be posted in mid-April.
Parking: Cadet Field House parking lots

Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Slacks, Skirt or Dress
Gentlemen: Business Suit or Coat and Tie
Military: Service Dress


ACADEMY SCHOLARS PROGRAM CEREMONY
Tuesday, 27 May, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Fairchild Hall, F-1


Event Info:
Open to the public. The Academy Scholars Program at USAFA helps academically talented cadets reach their full potential by offering a unique and challenging path through the curriculum, thereby providing the Air Force and our Nation with a pool of intellectually talented and well-rounded leaders. This ceremony honors the cadets who have completed the program.
Parking: Cadet Field House parking lots
Transportation: Shuttles will run from the Field House lots to locations throughout the Cadet Area.
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Slacks, Skirt or Dress
Gentlemen: Business Suit or Coat and Tie
Military: Service Dress

CATHOLIC CHOIR CONCERT
Tuesday, 27 May, 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Cadet Chapel, Catholic Level


Event Info:
This event is open to the public. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Parking: Cadet Field House parking lots
Transportation: Shuttles will run from the Field House lots to locations throughout the Cadet Area.
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Slacks, Skirt or Dress
Gentlemen: Business Suit or Coat and Tie

GRADUATION FORMAL RECEPTION
Tuesday, 27 May, 4:30–8:00 p.m.
Mitchell Hall Dining Facility


Event Info:
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 and 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 their free tickets from Academy Concerts. There will be no ticket sales at the door but previously purchased tickets may be picked up at "Will Call" at Mitchell Hall (center doors). Cost per ticket is $18.00. See flyer here.
Parking: Field House parking lots
Transportation: Shuttles will run from the Field House lots to locations throughout the Cadet Area.
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Formal or Semi-Formal Gown or Dress (short or long)
Gentlemen: Black Tie or Suit and Tie
Military: Mess Dress

COMMISSIONING (SWEARING–IN) CEREMONIES
Tuesday, 27 May, 4:30–6:30 p.m. or 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Various Locations


Event Info:
For graduating cadets, their families, and guests. Individual squadrons will determine exact locations and times. At this "ceremonial" event, the graduates will take the Oath of Office and will be pinned by the guests of their choice. The formal commissioning will take place at the Graduation Ceremony the next day; the Commandant of Cadets signs each graduate's commissioning certificate. Following the Commissioning Ceremony on Tuesday, graduates must remove their active duty rank until after the Graduation Ceremony. A member of the USAFA Legacy Class will present engraved Lt bars to each graduate at this ceremony. Click here for a list of squadron ceremonies with times and locations. Guests should contact their cadet for any transportation or access issues. Click here for a sample sequence of events for this ceremony.
Parking: Cadet Field House Parking Areas (or other depending on venue – check with your cadet).
Transportation: Shuttle buses will run throughout the evening for ceremonies held in the Cadet Area. Individual squadrons may provide transportation for ceremonies held at other locations on the base. Contact your cadet for more information.
Recommend Dress:
Graduates: Mess Dress
Commissioning Official: Civilian Evening Dress or Military Uniform, whichever is preferred
Lower-Class Cadets and Military: Service Dress
Ladies: Formal or Semi-Formal Gown or Dress (short or long)
Gentlemen: Black Tie or Suit and Tie

GRADUATION BALL
Tuesday, 27 May, 8:00–11:00 p.m.
Arnold Hall Ballroom

Event Info:
The Graduation Ball is open to graduating cadets and their guests. Children are welcome to accompany their parents to this event. There will be no receiving line. Tickets are not required.
Parking: Harmon Hall and Field House parking lots
Transportation: Shuttle bus service will be provided between Arnold Hall and the Cadet Field House throughout the evening.
Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Formal or Semi-Formal Gown or Dress (short or long)
Gentlemen: Black Tie or Suit and Tie
Military: Mess Dress

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

GRADUATION CEREMONY
Wednesday, 28 May, 9:30 a.m. – approx. 12:30 p.m.
Falcon Stadium
Stadium Gates will open at 7:00 a.m.


Event Info:
Alternate ceremony viewing locations: Arnold Hall Theater & Food Court (movie-style screen and large screen television, respectively) as well as The Pentagon Channel (broadcast and webcast at http://www.pentagonchannel.mil).

Tickets: Graduating cadets will receive as many tickets as they need for their family and guests. Please coordinate your ticket requests through your cadet. There is no will-call for graduation ceremony tickets and tickets cannot be mailed.

Recommend Dress:
Ladies: Slacks, Skirt or Dress
Gentlemen: Business Suit or Coat and Tie
Military: Service Dress

Parking: No parking passes are required. All parking is in Falcon Stadium parking lots 1, 2 and 5. Handicapped parking is available in the south end of lot 5 and north end of lot 1; golf carts will shuttle guests to the stadium. No transportation will be available from the Cadet Area.

IMPORTANT SECURITY INFORMATION
: Stadium gates are scheduled to open at 7:00 a.m. Please note that once the ceremony begins at 9:40, guests will not be permitted to leave the stadium until after the conclusion of the ceremony (about 12:30 p.m.). Please ensure you make your travel arrangements accordingly. All guests (including children) must have tickets to enter the stadium. Due to security restrictions in Falcon Stadium, all guests will pass through metal detectors and may have purses or personal items searched. No boxes, alcohol, weapons, firecrackers, beverage containers of any sort, backpacks, large handbags, coolers, thermoses or similar items will be allowed in the stadium. Food and drink are prohibited with the exception of clear, unopened water bottles. Cameras and video cameras are permitted; however, please be prepared to remove camera lenses for security inspection at the stadium gates. Diaper bags will be allowed when a child is present – no strollers please. Seatbacks 18" or less are permitted as long as they don't require a search due to excessive pockets and compartments. Seatbacks may also be rented from vendors at the stadium. Refreshments will be available throughout the stadium.

Handicapped Information: Please note that there are no elevators in the stadium, and handicapped-accessible seating is very limited and first-come, first-served. There is no covered seating at the stadium and the Press Box cannot be occupied at any time during the ceremony.

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: U-2, U-5, U-9, U-12, M-2, M-6, M-10, M-14, L-3, L-6, L-7, L-9, L-10 and L-13. 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. Golf carts will assist handicapped guests from the parking lot to the stadium.

Inclement Weather: 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.

NOTE: A professional photographer will photograph each cadet receiving his or her diploma. The photographer will contact parents shortly after graduation to discuss how to purchase these photographs. Cadets' guests will not be allowed access to the stage or cadet seating area for personal photos. If you do not hear from the photographer, please contact Cadet Wing Media at (800) 379-1455 ext. 4644 or email CWMedia@usafa.edu.

Hat Toss Approx. 12:30 p.m.
Children (ages 7-10 only) will be allowed on the stadium floor to retrieve hats from the graduates' hat toss at the end of the ceremony. Ushers will monitor access to the stadium floor from access points. Parents should plan to retrieve their children from the bleachers on the south-east side of the stadium. Children may only retrieve one hat per child.

THUNDERBIRDS DEMONSTRATION
Wednesday, 28 May, 12:30–1:00 p.m. (Time approximate)
Skies above Falcon Stadium


The USAF Thunderbirds Demonstration takes place over Falcon Stadium immediately following the graduation ceremony. The team is comprised of selected pilots assigned to demonstrate the coordination, discipline and flying ability that combat-capable pilots require to fulfill their vital role in our nation's defense. For your own safety and to comply with FAA regulations, guests will not be permitted to leave the stadium until after the Thunderbirds' performance ends. Guests are not permitted in the parking lots during the demonstration. Release of helium-filled balloons from the stadium is not allowed.
GRADUATE OUT–PROCESSING
Wednesday, 28 May, 1:30–5:00 p.m.
Cadet Area


Event Info:
Out–processing the Academy is the last official act required for newly commissioned officers. It may take from 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the length of the line. Traffic after the ceremony can move very slowly. Please make sure to include this time in your post-graduation and departure plans. Access to the cadet may be limited so please plan accordingly.