Parents’ Weekend is an exciting opportunity for cadets to connect with their family for the first time following Basic Cadet Training (BCT). The event showcases the academy’s facilities and the life their cadets lead here. It is held over Labor Day weekend, providing academy families with an extended weekend to reunite.
All cadet family members and guests may attend Parents’ Weekend. There is no restriction on the number or types of guests who may participate in activities. Due to space considerations, tickets for the Fourth-Class Luncheon at Mitchell Hall are initially allocated to two per cadet. After the initial purchase, extra tickets may be offered to cadets expecting more than two guests.
Parents’ Weekend Highlights
A Welcome Letter from the Superintendent
Welcome to the United States Air Force Academy! I am Lieutenant General Jay Silveria, the 20th Superintendent of our Academy. My own Air Force journey started right here in 1981, when I arrived to start Basic Cadet Training and begin four years of incredible intellectual, physical, character, and leadership development. It’s an honor to be at my alma mater leading an institution that prepared me for an incredibly rewarding career in our Air Force, and it’s a pleasure to host you here this weekend. more…
Senior Leader Panel with Parent Q&A Session
Don’t miss an exciting opportunity to get to know the U.S. Air Force Academy senior staff and hear about our latest innovations. You will get an overview of academy programs from senior staff, including the new Superintendent, new Commandant of Cadets, Dean of the Faculty, Athletic Director, and the 306th Flight Training Group Commander. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.
Thursday, August 30, 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. in Arnold Hall Theater
Demonstrations and Cadet Wing Parade
Watch our Wings of Blue parachute team, glider team and powered flight aircraft demonstrate various cadet-led aviation and leadership programs offered to cadets during their four years at the academy. The Cadet Wing Parade will follow the demonstrations. You will have an opportunity to meet your cadet on the parade field following the parade to be escorted in to the cadet area.
Friday, August 31, at Stillman Field; demonstrations: 8:20-8:50 a.m.; Cadet Wing Parade: 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Parents’ Weekend Information Fair
Don’t miss this popular event! The Info Fair offers invaluable information and giveaways from many Academy and cadet organizations. Purchase cadet “Warrior” photos and preorder BCT yearbooks. Stop by to have a photo taken with your cadet. Lunch will be available in Richter Lounge and food trucks outside Arnold Hall. Do not miss this popular event! Arnold Hall will be open to visitors 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday, August 31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Arnold Hall Ballroom
Academic Open Houses
Visit our academic building and the various academic departments. Open houses include demonstrations, an opportunity to meet your cadet’s faculty, and learn about future career paths across the Air Force.
Friday, August 31, 10:15-11:45 a.m. for 3rd and 4th class cadets and their guests; 1:30-3 p.m. for 1st and 2nd class cadets and their guests in Fairchild Hall
Airfield Open House
Come view static displays of USAFA aircraft and parachuting equipment and visit with the staff of the 306th Flying Training Group.
Friday, August 31, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. for cadets and their guests; If driving, cadets or DOD ID cardholder must escort their guests to the airfield. Guests may take shuttles departing from Fairchild bus stop at 11:30 a.m./12:30 p.m./1:30 p.m./2:30 p.m./3:30 p.m./4:30 p.m. and returning 12:00 p.m./1:00 p.m./2:00 p.m./3:00 p.m./4:00 p.m./5:00 p.m.
Parents’ Weekend Home Football Game
Come out and cheer on the Falcons as they take on Stony Brook University in their season home opener. Tickets for guests are available at the ticket office or call (800) 666-8723. Cadets are required to attend the game and must sit with the Cadet Wing; they do not need to purchase tickets. Cadets are allowed to leave for the weekend with their guests at the conclusion of the game.
Saturday, September 1, game time 12:05 p.m. at Falcon Stadium.
See the Schedule of Events page for more events, times, and details.