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After four years of hard work and thorough preparation to become commissioned officers in the United States Air Force, graduation is an exciting time for cadets, family and friends. To keep focus on this important goal and milestone, fourth-class cadets (freshman) are required to know and name the number of days until graduation every single day of the academic year.

Banner image for graduation 2018 showing the cade hat toss as Thunderbirds fly over head.

Guest information and FAQ 2018 Schedule of Events class of 2017 Graduation Pictures

Graduation Week for the Class of 2018, the Capt Louis Zamperini Class, and the 60th Graduating Class will begin on 20 May and conclude with the Graduation Ceremony at Falcon Stadium on Wednesday, 23 May 2018.

The entire Graduation Week is infused with tradition and honor. Activities start with Preparatory School Graduation and Baccalaureate Services. Cadets and their guests then take part in receptions, award ceremonies, concerts, parades, air demonstrations, commissioning ceremonies and more.

The week culminates at Falcon Stadium with the Graduation Ceremony. Speakers rotate between the President of the United States, Vice President, Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Air Force. At the close of the ceremony, cadets are dismissed and toss their caps into the air. Cheers and celebration are silenced by the roar of the legendary Thunderbirds as they fly in formation over the Academy to congratulate the graduating class.

Class of 2017 Graduation Photos

2017 Graduation 5/24/17

Class of 2017 Ring & Crest

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Class of 2017 Crest

Class of 2017 Ring


Upcoming Graduation Dates
  • Wednesday, 23 May 2018
  • Thursday, 30 May 2019


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Phone: (719) 333-7731/7743

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