U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs
/ Published May 14, 2019
The U.S. Air Force Academy released its security guidelines for the Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony, May 30, 2019 at Falcon Stadium. Visitors are encouraged to read these guidelines, which cover items allowed and items prohibited into the stadium. (Air Force photo/ Mike Kaplan)
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The Air Force Academy released its security guidelines for the Class of 2019 graduation ceremony, May 30 at Falcon Stadium.
Earlier this month, 19,000 tickets to the ceremony were given to graduating cadets and their families and friends. Since then, all available tickets to the ceremony have been distributed to the general public. Service members and civilian employees at the Academy are encouraged to check at their place of work for extra tickets.
Service members, their families, civilian employees and cadets at the Academy are encouraged to return any extra ticket to their organization to be distributed.
Privately-owned drones of any type are not allowed in the Academy's air space or above the Academy's property at any time during the graduation ceremony. The Academy is a "no drone zone" at all times.
The graduation ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. and visitors are encouraged to arrive early. The North and South gates will open to visitors at 6 a.m.
Those attending the ceremony must possess a ticket. Tickets are required for all individuals, including children. All persons and their personal belongings entering the stadium are subject to an inspection, which may result in a search.
Guests may be asked to step through metal detectors and may have their bags, purses and other hand-carried items searched.
The Academy is not responsible for items left at the gates or in the trash receptacles. Entry into the stadium is not permitted once the ceremony begins, and guests may not depart the stadium until the Air Force Thunderbirds complete their aerial demonstration.
Tailgate parties are not allowed on base.
Storage of prohibited items is not available and security personnel will ask visitors to store the item in their vehicle.
Items allowed into Falcon Stadium
During Graduation Week, visitors may enter the Academy through the North Gate with a valid driver’s license or military ID.
Standard base visitor hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily. During Graduation Week, the North Gate will open to guests for early or late events. North Gate times are: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., May 25 and May 26; 6 a.m.-10 p.m., May 27, May 28 and May 29; and 6 a.m.-5 p.m., May 30.
A Defense Department identification card or base visitor pass is required to enter the South Gate and the secure areas of the base. All vehicles entering the base and on the base are subject to an inspection which may lead to a search, by security personnel. Drivers may be asked to show a driver’s license, proof of insurance, and a valid vehicle registration or rental car agreement.
Visitors should not bring large bags, coolers, backpacks or items that require additional scrutiny or inspections by security personnel. The South Gate will open for visitors on graduation day for travel to the stadium.
Parking for the May 28 and May 29 Graduation Week events are in the Cadet Field House, Stillman Parade Field and cadet parking lots. Shuttle buses are scheduled to run from these parking areas throughout the cadet area.
All parking for the May 30 graduation ceremony is at Falcon Stadium.
Cadet Area Access
Visitors and guests in the cadet area must be escorted by a cadet or Academy staff member with a cadet area badge.
Guests should not bring large bags or backpacks into the cadet area. These bags will be inspected at the bus stops and at the parades, potentially delaying arrival.
Events in Secure Areas
For Graduation Week events outside the immediate cadet area or after visitor hours, all non-DOD guests must be escorted through the entry control point by a DOD ID card holder. These events include those at the Carlton House, such as commissioning ceremonies.
Cadets are strongly encouraged to meet their non-DOD guests either off base or at the Field House and carpool or caravan to their destination. Any DOD ID cardholder, cadet or base contractor may vouch for non-DOD affiliated people in the vehicle and one additional vehicle.
Visitors should arrive early for Graduation Week activities to have sufficient time to get through security to their event.
The Academy does not issue handicapped or special parking passes. Handicapped visitors should bring their own placard to access the cadet area handicapped lot, immediately north of Stillman Parade Field, and handicapped parking at the stadium on graduation day. Handicapped shuttles are scheduled to operate throughout the cadet area during grad week.
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