The end of Basic Cadet Training (BCT) is marked by the Acceptance Parade. During this event, cadets receive their fourth-class shoulder boards to recognize completing BCT and to signify their acceptance into the Cadet Wing.
Recognition is the formal three-day finale of the fourth-class year (the freshman year at traditional universities) when the cadets are “recognized” as upper-class cadets and are allowed to wear the Prop and Wings insignia on their flight caps.
At the United States Air Force Academy, Parents Weekend is an exciting opportunity for cadets to connect with their family—showcasing the Academy’s facilities and the new life cadets lead on base. Parents Weekend is held over Labor Day weekend, providing families with an extended weekend to reunite.
After four years of hard work and thorough preparation to become commissioned officers in the United States Air Force, Graduation Week is an exciting time for cadets, family and friends. The entire week is infused with tradition and honor. Activities start with Preparatory School Graduation and Baccalaureate Services.
CLASS RINGS & RING DANCE
The United States Air Force Academy is the only service academy to have had class rings for every class since its founding. Air Force Academy rings are also unique because they are made with white gold, instead of the yellow gold used at other service academies.