NEWS RELEASE – 2018 Graduation

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The Air Force Academy Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. May 23 at Falcon Stadium.

A graduation ticket is required to enter the stadium and patrons should arrive at the venue by 8:30 a.m. Gates to the stadium will close at 9 a.m.

Once graduation starts, guests will not be allowed to leave the stadium until the Air Force Thunderbirds’ aerial performance ends at approximately 1 p.m.


Travel, Academy access

The North and South gates at the Academy are scheduled to open to event guests at
6 a.m. and the stadium gates will open at 7 a.m.

Vehicles on a federal installation are subject to inspection. Drivers will need to have a current drivers’ license, proof of vehicle insurance and registration while on base. All adults must have valid identification to access the Academy.


Parking, Seating

Parking for the graduation ceremony will be in lots 1, 2 and 5 at the stadium. There are two handicapped parking areas for vehicles with handicap placards. Lot 5 is accessible through the North Gate, and Lot 1, a smaller handicapped parking area, is accessible through the South Gate. Handicapped-accessible transportation will be available from these lots.

Stadium seating, including handicap seating, is on a first-come, first-served basis. Falcon Stadium does not have elevators or shaded seating areas, and handicapped-accessible transportation is not available from cadet area to the stadium.


Event spectators will pass through metal detectors to get into the stadium and may have their personal items inspected.

  • Food must be carried in a clear one-gallon plastic bag. Refreshments will be available from vendors at the stadium.
  • Drinks or liquid are not allowed except for with clear, sealed water bottles
  • Sunscreen is restricted to one, six-ounce non-aerosol, container for each person
  • Cameras are allowed but all camera equipment may be inspected
  • Diaper bags are permitted for guests with children
  • Strollers, aerosol spray (including aerosol sunscreen spray), boxes, alcohol, weapons, firecrackers, beverage containers, backpacks, large handbags, coolers, thermoses or similar items are not allowed

Visit to see the full list of restrictions.

Severe Weather

If severe weather occurs, the graduation ceremony will move to Clune Arena, in the Falcon Athletic Center. Only cadet families with tickets, distinguished guests and reporters who have RSVP’d with the Academy’s Public Affairs Office staff will be allowed in the arena.

The change in location will be announced by the Academy’s local media affiliates by
7 a.m. May 23.

Visit,, and to see the ceremony online.

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Graduation Registration

Registration for the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Graduation events is now open to family and guests.  Registration does not insure entrance in to certain events such as the Graduation Ceremony, that still require tickets. The primary purpose for this registration is to provide the latest updated information, via email, should things change due to weather, security, or other unforeseeable circumstances. We also ask you to list the names of any distinguished visiting guests (such as elected officials, general officers, heads of state, etc.)

Please go to the below link and register for the 2018 Class Graduation.

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Graduation/Commission Reception Information

Event date: 22 MAY
Time: 3:30-7:00
Cost: $20 per ticket, Cadets are free but do require a ticket

Location: Mitchell Hall

Purchase dates: 16 APRIL – 18 MAY

Arnold Hall Ticket window:
Open M-F 0730-1530 or phone 719-333-4497

Cadets can stop by and purchase or parents can call and purchase tickets.

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Graduation Information and Schedule

The 2018 Graduation schedules is now available!  Click here

For more graduation information, see our graduation tab.

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Cadet Saber

The Cadet Saber is the same saber available for cadets to purchase during their firstie (senior) year. It is thirty inches long and comes with a sheath and packaged in a cloth bag. The saber has “U.S. Air Force Academy” engraved on the blade. This saber makes a beautiful gift for any graduate of the Academy or a replacement for a lost or damaged saber.

Want it mounted? There are a couple of sources:

*** The cadets can purchase their own sabers for $169.99 each up to 3 sabers from Cadet Issue.  Money Order is required for purchase.

Check out our graduation page! Graduation Information

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Official 2018 Painting

The class painting is done!

To keep up with all graduation announcements and offers, check back to the Graduation Info page:

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Army Air Corps bombardier, POW is Class of ’18 exemplar

Source: Army Air Corps bombardier, POW is Class of ’18 exemplar

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Thank you to all who supported this Spirit Mission with funding and time.

As of 1 Dec 2017, we are no longer accepting donations.

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This date is approximate until notification is published by USAFA.
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