AIR FORCE ACADEMY — Vice President Mike Pence was in Colorado to deliver the commencement address for the 2020 graduating class of the US Air Force Academy. In addition to Vice President Pence, Secretary of the Air Force, Barbara M. Barrett also addressed the the cadets in person.
The Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. David Goldfein, and the Chief of Space Operations, Gen. John Raymond, commissioned the graduates at the Academy as second lieutenants into their respective services.
The Air Force Thunderbirds conducted a flyover of the ceremony, but did not perform their traditional aerobatics demonstration at the conclusion of the ceremony.
The Academy graduation happened on April 18, six weeks ahead of schedule, to allow the class of 2020 to celebrate together while ensuring their health and safety by adhering to CDC and Department of Defense guidelines, the Academy said.
The graduation was held on the USAFA campus Terrazzo at 11 a.m. Cadets were made to strictly adhered to social distancing guidelines for the ceremony, marching 6 feet apart and sitting 8 feet apart during the event.
Family, friends, and the public were not be able to attend the event, but were be able to live stream it in its entirety.