More than 800 cadets set to graduate at Air Force Academy


Graduates of US Air Force class 2012 throw their hats in the air as fighter jets fly past during their graduation ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy on May 23, 2012. (Photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)

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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — More than 800 cadets will graduate as officers at the Air Force Academy on Thursday.

The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. with gates to Falcon Stadium opening at 7 a.m. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James will deliver the commencement address.

The Thunderbirds are scheduled to perform after the ceremony, which is expected to last three hours.

There will be random inspections of cars and everyone will have to go through a metal detector.

According to the Academy: “Boxes, alcohol, weapons, firecrackers, backpacks, large handbags, coolers, or thermoses are not permitted in the stadium. Food and drinks are limited, with the exception of clear, unopened water bottles and medically necessary food items (placed into clear Ziploc bags). Cameras and video cameras are permitted; however, please be prepared to remove camera lenses for security inspection at the stadium gates. No sticks or poles (to include tripods) may be brought into the stadium, but small folding umbrellas may be carried.

“Diaper bags will be allowed when a child is present; no strollers please. Seatbacks 18 inches or less are permitted as long as they don’t require a search due to excessive pockets and compartments. Seatbacks may also be rented from vendors at the stadium. Refreshments will be available throughout the stadium.”

For more information, visit the Academy’s website.

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