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2018 Graduation schedule of events

The schedule of events is tentative. Some times and venues may change due to security, weather, or other circumstances. Any changes to the schedule will be reflected on this page. (last updated May 15, 2018)
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Thursday, May 17, 2018
6 a.m.-10:00 p.m. North gate open for extended vistor hours
7 p.m.-9:45 p.m. Bluebards Theater Troupe Performance of “West Side Story”
location: Arnold Hall Theater attendance: No tickets required
Friday, May 18, 2018
6 a.m.-11:59 p.m. North gate open for extended vistor hours
12 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Muslim Baccalaureate Service
location: Cadet Chapel attendance: All Squadrons
Saturday, May 19, 2018
6 a.m.-10:00 p.m. North gate open for extended vistor hours
7 p.m.-9:45 p.m. Bluebards Theater Troupe Performance of “West Side Story”
location: Arnold Hall Theater attendance: No tickets required
Sunday, May 20, 2018
6 a.m.-10:00 p.m. North gate open for extended vistor hours
8 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Catholic Baccalaureate Mass
location: Cadet Chapel attendance: Squadrons 1-20
9 a.m.-10 a.m. Buddhist Baccalaureate Service
location: Cadet Chapel attendance: All Squadrons
10 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Catholic Baccalaureate Mass
location: Cadet Chapel attendance: Squadrons 21-40
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Protestant Baccalaureate Service
location: Cadet Chapel attendance: All Squadrons
1 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Bluebards Theater Troupe Performance of “West Side Story”
location: Arnold Hall Theater attendance: No tickets required
1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Latter-Day Saints Baccalaureate Service
location: Cadet Chapel attendance: All Squadrons
2 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Superintendent’s Reception for First Group
location: Carlton House attendance: Squadrons 1-10; guests must be escorted by their cadets
3 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Superintendent’s Reception for Second Group
location: Carlton House attendance: Squadrons 11-20; guests must be escorted by their cadets
4 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Superintendent’s Reception for Third Group
location: Carlton House attendance: Squadrons 21-30; guests must be escorted by their cadets
5 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Superintendent’s Reception for Fourth Group
location: Carlton House attendance: Squadrons 31-40; guests must be escorted by their cadets
Monday, May 21, 2018
6 a.m.-10:00 p.m. North gate open for extended vistor hours
10 a.m.-11 a.m. Graduation Awards Ceremony, Organization & Individual Awards
location: Clune Arena attendance: No tickets required
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Graduation Awards Reception
location: Hall of Excellence attendance: No tickets required
1 p.m.-3 p.m. Mission Element Award Ceremonies
location: locations and exact times vary
7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Graduation Concert with Cadet Chorale, Orchestra, In the Stairwell
location: Arnold Hall Ballroom attendance: No tickets required
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
6 a.m.-10:00 p.m. North gate open for extended vistor hours
7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Cadet Aerial Demonstrations
location: Stillman Field
9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Graduation Parade
location: Stillman Field
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Jewish Baccalaureate Service
location: Cadet Chapel attendance: All Squadrons
12 p.m.-5 p.m. Airfield Open House and Static Displays
location: USAFA Airfield attendance: Guests must be escorted by their cadets
1 p.m.-3 p.m. Commissioning Ceremonies Session I
location: Squadrons and locations attendance: Guests must be escorted by their cadets
3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Graduation Formal Reception with Academy Leadership & Thunderbird pilots
location: Mitchell Hall attendance: Tickets required More information
4 p.m.-6 p.m. Commissioning Ceremonies Session II
location: Squadrons and locations attendance: Guests must be escorted by their cadets
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Commissioning Ceremonies Session III
location: Squadrons and locations attendance: Guests must be escorted by their cadets

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
6 a.m.-5:00 p.m. North gate open for extended vistor hours
9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Graduation Ceremony & Thunderbirds
location: Falcon Stadium attendance: Tickets required