Photos: Gallery | Colorado Springs Gazette, News

AFA Graduation 2014

Photos from the Air Force Academy's 56th Commencement Wednesday, May 28, 2014

USAFA

Audience members cheer for cadets during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Audience members take off their hats and place their hands over their hearts for the national anthem during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Audience members cheer for cadets during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Audience members cheer for cadets during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Audience members cheer for cadets during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Audience members cheer for cadets during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 process in during their graduation celebration at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The Honor Guard processes in at the start of the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The Honor Guard stands at attention at the start of the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

Vice President Joe Biden walks to the stage during the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 process in during their graduation celebration at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The Thunderbirds perform a flyover as the newly graduated United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrate at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets march onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets march onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
The Thunderbirds fly over the hat toss at the end of the United States Air Force Academy graduation on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

The Thunderbirds fly over the hat toss at the end of the United States Air Force Academy graduation on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

A member of the Air Force Academy faculty is searched while entering Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Attendees of the Air Force Academy graduation are not hiding, but shielding themselves from the intense sun with their programs. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Attendees of the Air Force Academy graduation are not hiding, but shielding themselves from the intense sun with their programs. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The Air Force Academy band plays before the start of graduation for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
After Vice-President Joe Biden took the field, the United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets marched onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

After Vice-President Joe Biden took the field, the United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets marched onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

A member of the Honor Guard stands at attention at the start of the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The Honor Guard stands at attention at the start of the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

Vice President Joe Biden walks to the stage during the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

Vice President Joe Biden, center, places his hand over his heart during the playing of the national anthem at the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets march onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets march onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
After Vice-President Joe Biden took the field, the United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets marched onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

After Vice-President Joe Biden took the field, the United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets marched onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets get ready to march onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. They wave to Vice-President Joe Biden before he walks onto the field. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets get ready to march onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. They wave to Vice-President Joe Biden before he walks onto the field. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Vice-President Joe Biden gets ready to enter the field before the United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets march onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Vice-President Joe Biden gets ready to enter the field before the United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets march onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Cadets bow their heads for a prayer, after the United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets marched onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Cadets bow their heads for a prayer, after the United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets marched onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets turn around to give their parents, family and friends a standing ovation on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets turn around to give their parents, family and friends a standing ovation on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The Air Force Academy band plays before the start of graduation for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The Honor Guard stands at attention at the start of the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The Honor Guard stands at attention at the start of the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

Vice President Joe Biden walks to the stage during the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

Members of the United States Air Force Academy Honor Guard cheer for graduating member of the guard at the graduation ceremony for the class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

Cadets raise their right hands as they take the oath of office to become 2nd Lieutenants during the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

Patrick Shannon, left, and Luke Cowen smoke celebratory cigars after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

Paige Ragland, right, reacts after crossing the stage and receiving her diploma during the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The Thunderbirds perform an aerial demonstration after the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

The Thunderbirds perform an aerial demonstration after the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

A cadet from Peru waves his country's flag during the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA GRADUATION

A cadet celebrates after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy at a ceremony at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Security watches guests file in during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Cadets Will Chapman and Jeff Critchlow, members of the Sabre Drill Team, joke while guests sit in the bleachers above them while waiting for the Air Force Academy Graduation to begin Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Cadets Jasper Arneberg and Foster Pace talk while waiting for the Air Force Academy Graduation to begin Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Catet Griffith Hiss reads The Old Breed while waiting for the Air Force Academy Graduation to begin Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Cadets joke before the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

A cadet waves and cheers to his family after receiving his diploma during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

A parent cheers and waves his sign during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Cadets reach for each others hands as they walk up to receive their diplomas during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

A cadet places her rank on her diploma during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Cadets file past to receive their diplomas while a suspended video camera films the process during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Cadets take pictures of the media during the Air Force Academy Graduation right before the hat toss Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Cadets discuss how they will toss their hats during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Cadets keep cigars under their chairs for celebration after the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Cadets place their new second lieutenant boards on each other during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Small children help collect hats during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Cadets help collect hats during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Some parents wave signs with images of the cadet they came to see during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

JULIA MOSS, THE GAZETTE

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Vice-president Joe Biden was the key note speaker. He was presented an Air Force Academy jacket during the graduation. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Vice-president Joe Biden was the key note speaker. He was presented an Air Force Academy jacket during the graduation. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Cadets greet each other after getting their diplomas on the stage. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Cadets greet each other after getting their diplomas on the stage. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. A couple of cadets dance in the middle area after receiving their diplomas.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. A couple of cadets dance in the middle area after receiving their diplomas. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  Tyler Ludwig finds his family in the audience as he celebrates after the graduation.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Tyler Ludwig finds his family in the audience as he celebrates after the graduation. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. A group of cadets celebrate after the graduation. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. A group of cadets celebrate after the graduation. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Sgt. Ben Ireland souvenir hats to the crowd after graduation. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Sgt. Ben Ireland souvenir hats to the crowd after graduation. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The Thunderbirds were back after missing last year's graduation because of budget cuts. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The Thunderbirds were back after missing last year's graduation because of budget cuts. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Cadets watch the Thunderbirds fly. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Cadets watch the Thunderbirds fly. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The Thunderbirds were back after missing last year's graduation because of budget cuts. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The Thunderbirds were back after missing last year's graduation because of budget cuts. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. A cadet celebrates after the graduation. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. A cadet celebrates after the graduation. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The Thunderbirds were back after missing last year's graduation because of budget cuts. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The Thunderbirds were back after missing last year's graduation because of budget cuts. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0
Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The Thunderbirds were back after missing last year's graduation because of budget cuts. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The Thunderbirds were back after missing last year's graduation because of budget cuts. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Buy Photo
0

Photo by Ben Bartenstein

Buy Photo
0

Photo by Ben Bartenstein

Buy Photo
0

Tradition: Freshmen clean seats for seniors at academy graduation. Photo by Tom Roeder

Buy Photo
0

Photo by Joe Hight

Buy Photo
0
USAFA

Audience members cheer for cadets during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

Audience members take off their hats and place their hands over their hearts for the national anthem during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

Audience members cheer for cadets during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

Audience members cheer for cadets during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

Audience members cheer for cadets during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

Audience members cheer for cadets during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 process in during their graduation celebration at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The Honor Guard processes in at the start of the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The Honor Guard stands at attention at the start of the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

Vice President Joe Biden walks to the stage during the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 process in during their graduation celebration at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The Thunderbirds perform a flyover as the newly graduated United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrate at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets march onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets march onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

The Thunderbirds fly over the hat toss at the end of the United States Air Force Academy graduation on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

The Thunderbirds fly over the hat toss at the end of the United States Air Force Academy graduation on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

A member of the Air Force Academy faculty is searched while entering Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Attendees of the Air Force Academy graduation are not hiding, but shielding themselves from the intense sun with their programs. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Attendees of the Air Force Academy graduation are not hiding, but shielding themselves from the intense sun with their programs. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

USAFA GRADUATION

The United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 celebrates graduation at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The Air Force Academy band plays before the start of graduation for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

After Vice-President Joe Biden took the field, the United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets marched onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

After Vice-President Joe Biden took the field, the United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets marched onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

USAFA GRADUATION

A member of the Honor Guard stands at attention at the start of the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The Honor Guard stands at attention at the start of the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

Vice President Joe Biden walks to the stage during the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

Vice President Joe Biden, center, places his hand over his heart during the playing of the national anthem at the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets march onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets march onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

After Vice-President Joe Biden took the field, the United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets marched onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

After Vice-President Joe Biden took the field, the United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets marched onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets get ready to march onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. They wave to Vice-President Joe Biden before he walks onto the field. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets get ready to march onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. They wave to Vice-President Joe Biden before he walks onto the field. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Vice-President Joe Biden gets ready to enter the field before the United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets march onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Vice-President Joe Biden gets ready to enter the field before the United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets march onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Cadets bow their heads for a prayer, after the United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets marched onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Cadets bow their heads for a prayer, after the United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets marched onto the field on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets turn around to give their parents, family and friends a standing ovation on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

United State Air Force Academy graduating cadets turn around to give their parents, family and friends a standing ovation on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

USAFA GRADUATION

The Air Force Academy band plays before the start of graduation for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The Honor Guard stands at attention at the start of the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The Honor Guard stands at attention at the start of the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

Vice President Joe Biden walks to the stage during the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

Members of the United States Air Force Academy Honor Guard cheer for graduating member of the guard at the graduation ceremony for the class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

Cadets raise their right hands as they take the oath of office to become 2nd Lieutenants during the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

Patrick Shannon, left, and Luke Cowen smoke celebratory cigars after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

Paige Ragland, right, reacts after crossing the stage and receiving her diploma during the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The Thunderbirds perform an aerial demonstration after the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

The Thunderbirds perform an aerial demonstration after the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

A cadet from Peru waves his country's flag during the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA GRADUATION

A cadet celebrates after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy at a ceremony at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

USAFA

Security watches guests file in during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

Cadets Will Chapman and Jeff Critchlow, members of the Sabre Drill Team, joke while guests sit in the bleachers above them while waiting for the Air Force Academy Graduation to begin Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

Cadets Jasper Arneberg and Foster Pace talk while waiting for the Air Force Academy Graduation to begin Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

Catet Griffith Hiss reads The Old Breed while waiting for the Air Force Academy Graduation to begin Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

Cadets joke before the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

A cadet waves and cheers to his family after receiving his diploma during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

A parent cheers and waves his sign during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

Cadets reach for each others hands as they walk up to receive their diplomas during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

A cadet places her rank on her diploma during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

Cadets file past to receive their diplomas while a suspended video camera films the process during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

Cadets take pictures of the media during the Air Force Academy Graduation right before the hat toss Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

Cadets discuss how they will toss their hats during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

Cadets keep cigars under their chairs for celebration after the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

Cadets place their new second lieutenant boards on each other during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

Small children help collect hats during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

Cadets help collect hats during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

USAFA

Some parents wave signs with images of the cadet they came to see during the Air Force Academy Graduation Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Vice-president Joe Biden was the key note speaker. He was presented an Air Force Academy jacket during the graduation. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Vice-president Joe Biden was the key note speaker. He was presented an Air Force Academy jacket during the graduation. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Cadets greet each other after getting their diplomas on the stage. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Cadets greet each other after getting their diplomas on the stage. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. A couple of cadets dance in the middle area after receiving their diplomas.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. A couple of cadets dance in the middle area after receiving their diplomas. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  Tyler Ludwig finds his family in the audience as he celebrates after the graduation.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Tyler Ludwig finds his family in the audience as he celebrates after the graduation. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. A group of cadets celebrate after the graduation. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. A group of cadets celebrate after the graduation. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Sgt. Ben Ireland souvenir hats to the crowd after graduation. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Sgt. Ben Ireland souvenir hats to the crowd after graduation. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The Thunderbirds were back after missing last year's graduation because of budget cuts. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The Thunderbirds were back after missing last year's graduation because of budget cuts. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Cadets watch the Thunderbirds fly. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Cadets watch the Thunderbirds fly. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The Thunderbirds were back after missing last year's graduation because of budget cuts. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The Thunderbirds were back after missing last year's graduation because of budget cuts. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. A cadet celebrates after the graduation. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. A cadet celebrates after the graduation. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The Thunderbirds were back after missing last year's graduation because of budget cuts. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The Thunderbirds were back after missing last year's graduation because of budget cuts. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The Thunderbirds were back after missing last year's graduation because of budget cuts. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Almost one thousand Air Force Academy cadets graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The Thunderbirds were back after missing last year's graduation because of budget cuts. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Photo by Ben Bartenstein

Photo by Ben Bartenstein

Tradition: Freshmen clean seats for seniors at academy graduation. Photo by Tom Roeder

Photo by Joe Hight

Published:

You've reached your 4 FREE premium stories for this 30 day period*

Already have an account? Login

*A 30 day rolling period starts the day you first visit the site.