Air Force Academy GRADUATION 2020

Due to the threat of the coronavirus, graduation for the Class of 2020 took place on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Although 6 weeks ahead of schedule, this allowed the cadets to celebrate together while ensuring their health and safety by adhering to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Defense guidelines.

Family, friends and the public were unable to attend in-person; however, over fifty thousand people watched the event streamed live. To watch the ceremony, click here.

Special thanks to all of our supporters who sent gifts, banners and congratulatory video messages.  Many of the video messages were live-streamed prior to the ceremony and can be viewed by clicking here.

To see the story of the Class of 2020, following their progression from In-Processing and Basic Cadet Training to Ring Dance, click here.


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Commissioning Ceremonies

Private commissioning ceremonies occurred on Friday, April 17. Family and friends were unable to attend in-person; however, many squadrons offered virtual attendance. Please communicate with your cadet for further information. To view pictures from each squadron, click here.


Professional Photography

Since graduation was closed to the public and non-essential personnel, we had a team of photographers spread across the Terrazzo to capture the memories. We are working diligently to publish all of the pictures to our Flickr account, where they are 100% free to view and download in the highest resolutions. Please be patient. To view some of the pictures from the graduation ceremony, click here.

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A Letter from the Superintendent

When the class of 2020 entered USAFA we were a nation at war. You have all signed up to serve in a time of war – to make a difference.  We still battle terrorism and extremism around the world, but today we are at war with another enemy, a global pandemic, and that fight is unconventional.  As a commander in conventional conflicts I had years of history to call on when making decisions — a playbook we don’t have as we battle this pandemic. We must make unconventional decisions and take what some would consider extreme measures. More…

Image of the Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team.

Air Force Thunderbirds Flyover

The USAF Thunderbirds soared above the Terrazzo from south to north during the traditional hat toss. There was no demonstration, as has taken place in year’s past at Falcon Stadium. To watch the flyover, click here.