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Due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus, graduation for the Class of 2020 will take place on Saturday, April 18. This event will be 6 weeks ahead of schedule (previously May 28) to allow the cadets to celebrate together while ensuring their health and safety by adhering to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Defense guidelines. To learn more, click here.

Any ceremonies associated with graduation including commissioning ceremonies will be held privately with no in-person attendance by family, friends or the community. Many of the squadrons are working through the logistics of offering virtual attendance. Please communicate directly with your cadet about those specifics. The Class of 2020 will also take the commissioning oath together at the graduation ceremony.

Family, friends and the public will ONLY be able to view the graduation ceremony via live-stream and will not be allowed on USAFA for the event. The ceremony and the area around the ceremony will be restricted to personnel required specifically for the event.  USAFA staff members are also not allowed in the area around the ceremony unless their job specifically requires their presence. These precautions are necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The ceremony will be live-streamed beginning at 11 am MST and available for on-demand viewing after the event. To watch online, visit our official Facebook Event and YouTube pages. Show your support during these challenging times by sharing pictures of your American flags with #USAFAGrad2020.


Graduation Highlights

image of Lt Gen Jay Silveria

A Letter from the Superintendent

When the class of 2020 entered USAFA we were a nation at war. You have all signed up to serve in a time of war – to make a difference.  We still battle terrorism and extremism around the world, but today we are at war with another enemy, a global pandemic, and that fight is unconventional.  As a commander in conventional conflicts I had years of history to call on when making decisions — a playbook we don’t have as we battle this pandemic. We must make unconventional decisions and take what some would consider extreme measures. More…

Image of the Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team.

Air Force Thunderbirds Flyover

The USAF Thunderbirds will soar above the Terrazzo from south to north during the traditional hat toss. There will be no demonstration, as has taken place in year’s past at Falcon Stadium.



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