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206 cadet candidates graduate USAFA Prep School


Prep School Graduation

(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Holden Faul)

By Ray Bowden / May 17, 2018

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Families, friends and faculty celebrated the graduation of 206 Air Force Academy Prep School cadet candidates May 17.

“It’s our highest graduation rate in 15 years,” said Prep school commander Col. Jaqueline Breeden during the graduation ceremony in Arnold Hall.

Two-hundred-thirty-seven cadet candidates were admitted into the Prep School. Of the graduates, 195 received appointments to the Academy and are scheduled to report for Basic Cadet Training in June. The other graduates will pursue other educational paths.

Successful completion of the Prep School’s 10-month curriculum often but not always results in an appointment to the Academy. The Prep School commander provides recommendations on who should receive an appointment to the Academy Board, the final appointment authority.

Shawn Campbell of Michigan was at the ceremony in Arnold Hall to watch his son, Kris Campbell, graduate.

“I just think this is a great program for anyone coming out of high school,” Shawn Campbell said. “Where else can you get a 10 month rehearsal for success?”

Cadet 1st Class Christopher Hartman, a 2014 Prep School graduate, was the event’s featured speaker.

“The secret to success? It’s the people to the left and to the right of you right now,” he said to the graduates. “I owe an enormous amount of my success to my classmates and you will too.”

Hartman is scheduled to graduate and receive his commission as a second lieutenant May 23.