Weather Closure - Saturday, April 29

Due to winter weather conditions, the United States Air Force Academy will be closed to visitors on Saturday, Apr 29 until 11am. All previously scheduled sporting events and activities will proceed as planned, weather permitting. Please contact your event organizer for details, or check back here for any updates. You can also follow the Academy on Facebook at

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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.

U.S. Air Force Graduation 2017


Graduation Week for the Class of 2017, the Colonel George Bud Day Class the 59th Graduating Class will begin on 19 May and conclude with the Graduation Ceremony at Falcon Stadium on Wednesday, 24 May 2017.

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.

Graduation Week Brochure (PDF)

Graduation Event Registration & Tickets

Graduation registration is officially open, Register Here for the Graduation Ceremony! Click here for your invitation to the Superintendent’s Reception, May 21. Grad week information will be e-mailed to parents/guests who register via the Graduation Registration site.  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.

Cadets will receive as many ceremony tickets as they require for their guests. Please make sure you are coordinating with your cadet so he/she can get the appropriate number of tickets and provide them to you.

A small number of tickets may be available to the general public. Members of the community can pick up Graduation Ceremony tickets from the Athletic Ticket Office at the Cadet Field House at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The address is 2169 Field House Drive. They are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone: (719) 472-1895.


Class of 2017 Ring & Crest

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Class of 2017 Crest

Class of 2017 Ring


Upcoming Graduation Dates
  • Wednesday, 24 May 2017
  • Wednesday, 23 May 2018
  • Thursday, 30 May 2019 (pending approval)


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