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There are many opportunities for families to get involved with the United States Air Force Academy and become part of our community. Throughout the year, cadets participate in a number of important and historic events, many of which are open to parents and the public.

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Graduation Day

After four years of hard work and thorough preparation to become a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, Graduation  Week time is extremely exciting for cadets and their family members and friends.

With the close of the ceremony, cadets are dismissed as graduates. Cheers and celebration are silenced by the roar of the legendary Thunderbirds as they fly over the Academy in formation to congratulate the graduating class. A four-year journey in the life of your cadet comes to a close with pride and jubilation. You and your child have reason to celebrate, as they have achieved something truly great.

View Graduation Week schedules and information on the USAFA web site at http://www.usafa.edu/superintendent/graduation. Tickets are required for the graduation ceremony and will be issued to the cadets in May. Cadets will receive as many tickets as they request.

Please see Visiting the Academy for more details on planning your stay in Colorado Springs. To ensure timely travel and a comfortable visit to the Academy, please be aware of the following rules and recommendations. And don’t forget to check the USAFA Graduation Website for the latest information on Graduation Week events (http://www.usafa.edu/superintendent/graduation). 

Ceremony Access

All guests must have tickets to enter the stadium. Graduating cadets will receive as many tickets as needed for family and guests through their squadrons. Cadets will provide tickets to guests upon their arrival.

General public tickets are available in mid-May. An announcement will be made through local media to inform the public when and where tickets are available. The Association of Graduates may be able to help Academy graduates get tickets.

Note that Guests may not enter the terrazzo or cadet area buildings unless with an authorized escort.

Disabled Guests

Disabled guests should bring any walkers, wheelchairs, breathing support or other medical equipment they require. They should also bring their state-issued handicapped placard or other documentation in order to park in designated handicapped lots. Because of the high altitude and possibility of extreme weather, guests with serious medical conditions such as anemia, heart disease or pulmonary disease should consult with their doctor about traveling to the Academy.

Handicapped parking is available in Lot 5 of Falcon Stadium (immediately north of the stadium). There is also another smaller handicapped parking area in Lot 2. Golf carts will be available to transport guests from these parking areas to the stadium. Please allow plenty of extra time to get to the stadium. 

Driving on Campus

At the Academy’s North or South gates, please be prepared to show your vehicle pass and driver’s license/photo identification.

Since all vehicles may be subject to inspection by security personnel, guests should refrain from bringing large bags, coolers, backpacks or other items that will require additional searches. If you are driving a rental car, please keep the rental agreement and current proof of insurance in the vehicle at all times.

Individual squadrons are responsible for arranging any required transportation for Squadron events. Parents or cadet guests who anticipate difficulty should contact their cadet to arrange special transportation.

Security

Due to security restrictions in Falcon Stadium, guests will pass through metal detectors and may have purses or personal items searched. No boxes, alcohol, weapons, firecrackers, beverage containers, large handbags, coolers, thermoses, strollers or similar items will be allowed in the stadium. Diaper bags will be allowed when a child is present. No strollers, poles or large signs may be brought into the stadium.

Food and drink are prohibited with the exception of clear, unopened water bottles. Food and drink are available from a variety of vendors at Falcon Stadium during the ceremony. Cameras and video cameras are permitted, however, please be prepared to remove camera lenses for security inspection at the stadium gates.

Weather

Since Falcon Stadium is an outdoor, uncovered stadium, please be prepared for various types of weather. Once the ceremony begins, exit is prohibited until the end of the Thunderbirds performance.



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