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Air Force Academy Graduation: Your guide to events this week

Posted at 12:22 PM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 11:58:03-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – Family, friends and President Donald Trump are all in town to celebrate the graduation for the Class of 2019 at the US Air Force Academy.

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We start with News5 Today at the Academy for graduation preparations and what you need to know ahead of President Donald Trump’s arrival. Stay with News5 throughout the day as we bring you live coverage of the events.

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Be aware a presidential visit to the city will impact travel.  First off, no one is allowed to stop along I-25 for a glimpse at a motorcade or the Thunderbirds. During graduation there will also be a number of closures on Academy property surrounding Falcon Stadium.

Academy Graduation Schedule for Thursday, May 30:

  • Pre-Grad Reception (by invitation only) at Falcon Stadium Press Box from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
  • Graduation Ceremony and Thunderbirds (tickets required; stadium gates open at 7:30 a.m.) at Falcon Stadium from 10:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • AF Academy Foundation Cadet Leadership Reception (by invitation only) at The Carlton House from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Parking and Shuttles:

Parking for events in or near the Cadet Area is at the Field House, Reservoir and Parade Field Parking Lots. Please make sure to park in designated parking spaces, violators may be ticketed or towed at the owner’s expense.

Shuttle bus service will operate from the visitor parking lots on Wednesday before the Graduation Parade. Bus stops are clearly marked with signs and benches. Shuttle bus service will not be available on Graduation Day; all ceremony parking is at Falcon Stadium. Click here for shuttle service maps.

Thunderbirds Performance:

With all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Class of 2019 graduation ceremonies at the US Air Force Academy, the flight demonstration by the US Air Force Thunderbirds is by far the highlight for Colorado Springs.

Depending upon the length of President Trump’s speech and how long it takes to call out the names of each graduate, the Thunderbirds are scheduled to perform sometime between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.



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