Free tickets to the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony - featuring a speech by the secretary of the Air Force - will be available Thursday.

About 500 tickets will be offered first come, first served, the academy said Tuesday. The batch of tickets will be available at two locations: the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce.

The Colorado Springs location, 102 S. Tejon St., Suite 430, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Tri-Lakes office, 300 Colo. 105 in Monument, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets will be limited to four per person, the academy said.

About 1,000 newly commissioned Air Force second lieutenants are expected to receive their diplomas during the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. May 29.

A flyover of World War II aircraft is expected at the end of the event, at roughly 12:30 p.m.

Should the event be moved indoors, people who receive tickets Thursday will not be able to attend, the academy said.

Onlookers can begin entering the academy at 7:30 a.m. and are asked to arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. No one will be allowed to leave until the end of the ceremony.

Myriad security restrictions will be in place, including a ban on boxes, alcohol, weapons, firecrackers, backpacks, large handbags, coolers, thermoses, beverage containers and other similar items, the academy said.

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