Taking the Hill

Class of 2009 cadets follow Academy tradition by "taking the hill" May 8 to signify their last day of academic classes. Graduation, scheduled for May 27, will feature Vice President Joseph Biden as guest speaker and an aerial demonstration by the Thunderbirds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)

Class of 2009 cadets follow Academy tradition by "taking the hill" May 8 to signify their last day of academic classes. Graduation, scheduled for May 27, will feature Vice President Joseph Biden as guest speaker and an aerial demonstration by the Thunderbirds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)

Class of 2009 cadets celebrate their last day of academic classes after "taking the hill" in the Cadet Area of the U.S. Air Force Academy May 8. Graduation is scheduled for May 27. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)

Class of 2009 cadets celebrate their last day of academic classes after "taking the hill" in the Cadet Area of the U.S. Air Force Academy May 8. Graduation is scheduled for May 27. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)

Class of 2009 cadets dive into a fountain in the cadet area May 8 to celebrate finishing their final exams. Graduation is scheduled for May 27 at Falcon Stadium. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)

Class of 2009 cadets dive into a fountain in the cadet area May 8 to celebrate finishing their final exams. Graduation is scheduled for May 27 at Falcon Stadium. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)