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2019 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 15 Jan., 2019)
Printable Schedule

Sunday, 19 May 2019North Gate Visitor Hours: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. USAFA Preparatory School Baccalaureate Service (optional) Community Chapel
Monday, 20 May 2019North Gate Visitor Hours: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. USAFA Preparatory School Parade Black Memorial Field
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. USAFA Preparatory School Hall of Fame and Awards Ceremony Arnold Hall Theater
4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. USAFA Preparatory School Graduation Reception Arnold Hall Ballroom
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. USAFA Preparatory School Graduation Ceremony Arnold Hall Theater
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. 94 FTS Soaring G-Wings Ceremony and Social Falcon Club
Thursday, 23 May 2019North Gate Visitor Hours: 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Bluebards Performance (Open to cadets, guests, and public; no tickets required) Arnold Hall Theater
Friday, 24 May 2019North Gate Visitor Hours: 6:00 a.m.-11:59 p.m.
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. CW Graduation Ceremony Briefing (announcement of top graduates) Fairchild Hall, F-1
11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Islamic Baccalaureate Service (optional) Islamic Cadet Chapel
5:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. Ring Dining Out (Second-Class cadets & their guests only; tickets required) Mitchell Hall
8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Ring Dance (Second-Class cadets & their guests only; tickets required) Arnold Hall Ballroom
Saturday, 25 May 2019North Gate Visitor Hours: 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Commandant’s Fiancé(e) Reception (Guests must be escorted by their cadet) Otis House
11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Islamic Baccalaureate Service (optional) Islamic Cadet Chapel
Sunday, 26 May 2019North Gate Visitor Hours: 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Services (optional)

  • 8:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Catholic Mass, Sq 1-20
  • 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Orthodox Christian, All Squadrons
  • 10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Catholic Mass, Sq 21-40
  • 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Protestant Service, All Squadrons
  • 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jewish Service, All Squadrons
  • 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Buddhist Service, All Squadrons
  • 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Latter-Day Saints Service, All Squadrons
Cadet Chapel
7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Bluebards Performance (Open to cadets, guests, and public; no tickets required) Arnold Hall Theater
Monday, 27 May 2019, Memorial DayNorth Gate Visitor Hours: 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Bluebards Performance (Open to cadets, guests, and public; no tickets required) Arnold Hall Theater
Tuesday, 28 May 2019North Gate Visitor Hours: 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Graduation Tapping Ceremony (By invitation to honored cadets & their guests) Arnold Hall Ballroom
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Graduation Awards Ceremony (Presentation of Org & Indiv awards) Clune Arena
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Graduation Awards Reception (Open to cadets, guests, and public; no tickets required) Hall of Excellence
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mission Element Award Ceremonies

  • 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Academic Department Award Ceremonies (Times/Locations Vary)
  • 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Wings of Blue Awards & “Blue Suit” Ceremony/Social (USAFA Airfield)
  • 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. AD Awards Ceremony/Reception (Clune/Hall of Excellence)
  • Schulte Award Ceremony (Polaris Hall Forum)
Times/Locations Vary
Wednesday, 29 May 2019North Gate Visitor Hours: 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Cadet Aerial & Cadet Honor Guard Demonstrations Stillman Field
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Graduation Parade (Food options available after: Arnold Hall food court & food trucks) Stillman Field
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Graduation Reception (Tickets required) Mitchell Hall
1:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
7:30 pm.-9:30 p.m.
Commissioning Ceremonies (Guests must be escorted by their cadet) Locations vary
Thursday, 30 May 2019North Gate Visitor Hours: 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Pre-Grad Reception (By invitation only) Falcon Stadium Press Box
9:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Graduation Ceremony & Thunderbirds (Tickets required; stadium gates open at 0700) Falcon Stadium