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2020 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 here. Visitor Gate hours of operation for Graduation Week are 5:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. daily. (last updated 24 Feb. 2020)
Sunday, 17 May, 2020
3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. USAFA Preparatory School Baccalaureate Services (optional) 10 ABW Community Chapel
Monday, 18 May, 2020
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. USAFA Preparatory School Graduation Parade Black Memorial Field
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. USAFA Preparatory School Graduation Ceremony Arnold Hall Theater
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. USAFA Preparatory School Graduation Reception Arnold Hall Ballroom
Tuesday, 19 May, 2020
  No Graduation Events Scheduled  
Wednesday, 20 May, 2020
5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. 94 FTS Soaring G-Wings Ceremony and Social (Pass/EAL required) Falcon Club
Thursday, 21 May, 2020
7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Bluebards Performance of “All Shook Up” (Open to cadets, guests, and public; no tickets required) Arnold Hall Theater
Friday, 22 May, 2020
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. CW Graduation Ceremony Briefing (announcement of top graduates) Fairchild Hall, F-1
12:15 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Muslim Jumu’ah Prayer(optional) Sijan Hall, Oasis 3, Rm 409
5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Ring Dining Out DV Reception (By invitation only) Mitchell Hall
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Ring Dining Out (Second-Class cadets & their guests only; tickets required) Mitchell Hall
8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Ring Dance (Second-Class cadets & their guests only; tickets required) Arnold Hall Ballroom
Saturday, 23 May, 2020
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Commandant’s FiancĂ©(e) Reception (Guests must be escorted by their cadet) Polaris Hall
Sunday, 24 May, 2020
Baccalaureate Services
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Catholic Mass Arnold Hall Theater
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Orthodox Christian Sijan Hall, Oasis 3, 409
11:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. Protestant Service Arnold Hall Theater
11:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. Jewish Service Sijan Hall, Oasis 3, Rm 409
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Buddhist Meditation Sijan Hall, Oasis 3, Rm 409
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Arnold Hall Theater
7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Bluebards Performance of “All Shook Up” (Open to cadets, guests, and public; no tickets required) Arnold Hall Theater
Monday, 25 May, 2020, Memorial Day
7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Bluebards Performance of “All Shook Up” (Open to cadets, guests, and public; no tickets required) Arnold Hall Theater
Tuesday, 26 May, 2020
8:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Graduation Tapping Ceremony (By invitation to honored cadets & their guests) Arnold Hall Ballroom
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Graduation Awards Ceremony (Presentation of Org & Indiv awards) Arnold Hall Theater
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Graduation Awards Reception (Donors, presenters, cadets award winners & their guests) Arnold Hall Ballroom
11:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. Schulte Award Ceremony Polaris Hall Forum
11:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Wings of Blue Awards & “Blue Suit” Ceremony/ Social USAFA Airfield
12:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. DF Academic Department Award Ceremonies Times/ Locations vary
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. AD Award Ceremony/Reception Arnold Hall Theater/Ballroom
4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Academy Scholars Program Ceremony (By invitation to honored cadets & their guests) Fairchild Hall, F-1
7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Graduation Concert: Cadet Chorale and Orchestra Arnold Hall Theater
Wednesday, 27 May, 2020
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 parade: Reception, 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.-3:30 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
(See separate schedule)
Thursday, 28 May, 2020
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Pre-Grad Reception (By invitation only) Falcon Stadium Press Box
8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Chorale (tentative) & In the Stairwell Performances Falcon Stadium
9:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Graduation Ceremony & Thunderbirds (Tickets required; stadium gates open at 7:00 a.m) Falcon Stadium
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. USAFA Superintendent’s Cadet Leadership Reception (By invitation only) The Carlton House