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Graduation Week Security

BASE ENTRY: Due to the current Health Protection Condition in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, USAFA remains closed to visitors. However, guests of the Class of 2021 with a digital ticket to graduation may enter the base from Sunday, 23 May through Wednesday, 26 May. Ticketed guests may enter the base via both gates by showing a driver’s license or DoD ID and a Graduation 2021 digital ticket. It is highly preferred that personnel enter via the North Gate from 23 May though 25 May. Gate hours are as follows:

Date Grad Event Visitor Hours
Sunday, 23 May 5:30am–10:00pm
Monday, 24 May 5:30am–10:00pm
Tuesday, 25 May 5:30am–10:00pm
Wednesday, 26 May 5:30am–10:00pm

All vehicles entering the base are subject to inspection/search by security personnel and you may be asked to show proof of insurance, a valid vehicle registration and a rental car agreement. Guests should refrain from bringing large bags, coolers, backpacks or other items that will require additional scrutiny or searches from security personnel.

PARKING: Parking for events on Monday and Tuesday of Graduation Week is in the Cadet Field House and Cadet Parking Lots. Shuttle buses will run from these parking areas to locations throughout the Cadet Area for attending awards ceremonies and the Graduation Parade. All parking for the Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday is at Falcon Stadium.

CADET AREA ACCESS: Access to the Cadet Area (Terrazzo, Stillman Parade Field, dormitories, academic buildings, and athletic buildings) is limited to May 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the exception of cadets and guests participating in an Awards ceremony, commissioning ceremony, or the Graduation Parade on May 24-25th. Guests must be escorted by a cadet or USAFA staff with a Cadet Area Badge while in the Cadet Area. Guests should not bring large bags or backpacks to these areas; bags will be searched at the bus stops and at parade checkpoints, potentially delaying your arrival at your destination.

EVENTS IN SECURE AREAS OF THE BASE: For Graduation Week events taking place outside of the immediate Cadet Area or after visitor hours, all non-DOD guests must be escorted through the entry control point by a DOD ID card holder. We recommend cadets meet their non-DOD guests either off base or at the Field House in order to carpool and/or caravan to their destination. DOD ID cardholders, including civilian, military cadets and base contractors, can vouch for non-DOD affiliated people in the car which they are traveling and one additional vehicle. Plan to arrive early for Grad Week activities in order to give yourself sufficient time to get through security to your event location.

HANDICAPPED: Visit the handicapped and hearing impaired guests page for more information.

GENERAL BASE DRIVING INFO: Please make sure to follow all posted speed limits when driving on the base. Note that seatbelts must be worn by all vehicle occupants at all times when driving on the Academy. Drivers may not use handheld cellular phones while the vehicle is in motion. If you need to make or take a call, please use a hands-free device or pull to the side of the road. Also, be aware that radar detectors are not permitted on base. Finally, keep in mind that wildlife such as deer, elk and wild turkeys can be a hazard while driving on the Academy. Please be alert for them and drive carefully. Remember, they have the right-of-way!

If Force Protection Conditions change due to world events or events closer to home, some scheduled events may change or require additional security precautions for the safety of all our guests. Any event changes will be widely publicized in local media, on our Graduation Website and throughout the base.

EMERGENCIES: If you have a medical, fire or police emergency, please call 911 immediately. There are several major medical facilities in Colorado Springs to handle medical situations: Memorial Hospital Central, (719) 365-5000, Memorial Hospital North, (719) 364-5000, Penrose-St. Francis, (719) 776-5000, and St. Francis Medical Center, (719) 571-1000. On base, you may contact USAFA Security Forces at (719) 333-2000 or 333-4100.