USAFA Graduation Week 2016
26 May - 2 June 2016


Grad week information will be e-mailed to cadet parents/guests who register via the Graduation Registration site; the registration page will be active by mid-March 2016 (link will be in left navigation column). Information includes the Graduation brochure, schedule of events, Superintendent letter and parking pass. All items may be printed at home. If you are not able to print the items, 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 with your cadet, as he/she will need to pick up your graduation ceremony tickets. Graduating cadets will receive as many Grad Ceremony tickets as they need for their guests.

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 at this link to the Adobe Web Site.

To view detailed information for each event, click on the event name below. Item will open in a new tab/window.

Thursday, 26 May 2016
Time Event Location
7:00-9:00 p.m Bluebards Production,TBD (open to cadets, their guests and the public...NO TICKETS REQUIRED) Arnold Hall Theater
Friday, 27 May 2016
Time Event Location
12:00-1:00 p.m. Muslim Baccalaureate Service (All Squadrons) Cadet Chapel
5:30-7:45 p.m. Ring Dining Out (Class of '17 and their guests only) Mitchell Hall
7:00-9:00 p.m. Jewish Sabbath Service and Kiddush Dinner Cadet Chapel
8:00-11:00 p.m. Ring Dance (Class of '17 and their guests only) Arnold Hall Ballroom
Saturday, 28 May 2016
Time Event Location
7:00-9:00 p.m. Bluebards Production,TBD (open to cadets, their guests and the public...NO TICKETS REQUIRED) Arnold Hall Theater
Sunday, 29 May 2016
Time Event Location
8:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Baccalaureate Services (optional for cadets and their guests; tickets are not required however cadets should plan to attend the service specified for their Squadron) Cadet Chapel
8:00-9:15 a.m. – Catholic Mass (Sq 1-13)
9:00-10:00 – Buddhist Service, All Sqs
10:00-11:15 a.m. – Catholic Mass (Sq 14-27)
11:00-12:00 p.m. – Jewish Service (All Sqs) (followed by full Kiddush 12:00-1:00)
11:00-12:15 p.m. – Protestant Service (All Sqs)
12:00-1:15 p.m. – Catholic Mass (Sq 28-40)
(NOTE: Muslim Baccalaureate Service takes place Friday, 22 May, at 12:00 p.m.)
 
1:00-4:45 p.m. Superintendent's Reception (optional for cadets and their guests; no tickets required) See invitation here. The Carlton House (Superintendent's Residence)
  1:00-1:45 - First Group (Squadrons 1-10)
2:00-2:45 - Second Group (Squadrons 11-20)
3:00-3:45 - Third Group (Squadrons 21-30)
4:00-4:45 - Fourth Group (Squadrons 31-40)
 
7:00-9:00 p.m. Bluebards Production, TBD (open to cadets, their guests and the public...NO TICKETS REQUIRED) Arnold Hall Theater
Monday, 30 May 2016 (MEMORIAL DAY)
Time Event Location
5:00-7:00 p.m. Commandant's Fiance(e)s Reception (open to graduating cadets and their fiances - RSVP required) (all guests must be escorted by cadets or military ID cardholder) The Otis House (Commandant's Residence)
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Time Event Location
9:30-10:45 a.m. Graduation Tapping Ceremony (by invitation only to honored cadets & their guests) Arnold Hall Ballroom
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Graduation Awards Reception (by invitation only) (Participants only: awards ceremony rehearsal 1200-1230) Field House Indoor Track
12:30-1:30 p.m. Graduation Awards Ceremony (mandatory for cadets)(open to cadet guests) Clune Arena
12:00-1:00 p.m. Thunderbirds Practice Show (road closures on Stadium Blvd. and Academy Dr.) Skies over USAFA
2:30-4:00 p.m. Wings of Blue Awards & "Blue Suit" Ceremony (open to cadets and their guests) USAFA Airfield
3:00-6:00 p.m. USAFA Airfield Open House and Static Displays (all guests must be escorted by cadets or military ID cardholder) USAFA Airfield
4:30-6:30 p.m. AFAF Cadet Leadership Reception (by invitation only) The Carlton House
7:00-9:30 p.m. Graduation Concert (includes performances by the Cadet Chorale, the Show Choir, Catholic Choir and Cadet Orchestra)(open to cadets and their guests...NO TICKETS REQUIRED) Arnold Hall Theater
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
Time Event Location
8:20-9:00 a.m. Cadet Aerial Capabilities Exercise (CAPEX) Stillman Field
9:00-10:00 a.m. Graduation Parade (mandatory for all cadets) Stillman Field
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Academic Department Award Ceremonies (full list of Department events will be posted in early May)(open to cadets and their guests) Various Locations in Fairchild Hall
12:30-2:00 p.m. Academy Scholars Program Ceremony (open to cadets and their guests) Fairchild Hall, F-1
2:00-3:00 p.m. Schulte Award Ceremony (open to cadets and their guests) McDermott Library
4:00-6:00 p.m. Commissioning (Swearing-In) Ceremonies (click here for schedule and here for typical sequence of events) (open to cadets and their guests) Various locations on base
5:00-8:00 p.m. Graduation Formal Reception (tickets are required and must be purchased by cadets for their guests beginning 1 April) (open to cadets and their guests) (see flyer here) Mitchell Hall
7:00-9:00 p.m. Commissioning (Swearing-In) Ceremonies (click here for schedule and here for typical sequence of events) (open to cadets and their guests) Various USAFA locations
8:00-11:00 p.m. Graduation Ball (open to cadets and their guests - no tickets required) Arnold Hall
Thursday, 2 June 2016
Time Event Location
7:00 a.m. Base gates will open  
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Graduation Ceremony (tickets are required; stadium gates open at 7:00 a.m.) Recommend guests arrive early as parking is limited and traffic will be heavy. Falcon Stadium
Approx. 12:30-1:00 p.m. Thunderbirds Demonstration Falcon Stadium
1:30-5:00 p.m. Graduate Out-Processing Cadet Area

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