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Air Force Academy gears up for graduation week

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Preparations are underway at the Air Force Academy for graduation week activities. The class of 2017 will graduate from the Academy on Wednesday May 24th.


The Air Force Thunderbirds are in town for the graduation ceremony. The team is expected to arrive Monday morning with a flyover of the Academy at 10:00 a.m.

The demonstration team will perform a practice run of their graduation performance on Tuesday morning from 11 a.m. to noon. 

A full 30-minute graduation performance is expected to take place at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Academy estimates nearly 900 cadets will graduate as the Academy's Class of 2017 at Falcon Stadium. This year's commencement speaker is General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Dunford is the nation's highest ranking military officer, and the primary military adviser to the President, Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council. 

Tickets for the event have been available for pick up since May 17th. There are only 500 tickets available, with 5 tickets per person on a first come first serve basis. The Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC Office in downtown Colorado Springs as well as the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce in Monument were given public tickets.

Schedule of events:

  • Cadet Parade: Tues. May 23rd
    7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Cadet aerial demonstration
    9:00 a.m. to 10:30 - Graduation Parade - Stillman Field
  • Graduation Ceremony: Wed. May 24th
    Gates open at 7:00 a.m.
    9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.- Graduation Ceremony- Falcon Stadium

A traditional part of the graduation that always catches the attention of the Colorado Springs community is the Thunderbird flyover at the end of the ceremony. This year, a member of the first Academy class of 1959 will be flying with the Thunderbirds.

The parade is a mandatory event for cadets and their families, but is also open to the public. This will take place at Stillman Parade Field. The parade is free and seating is offered on a first come first serve basis.

For a full review of graduation events, visit the Academy's website

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