Congratulate Your AFA Graduate

The Air Force Academy graduated 1,012 cadets on Wednesday.

Post a comment here to send your congratulations to your loved one or send your best wishes to all of the graduates!

The Air Force Academy sent KKTV 11 News the following statistics regarding this year's graduating class:

When They Entered on July 1, 2004:

-1,663 were offered appointments

-1,327 were processed into the Academy

-81.0% or 1077 males

-19.0% or 250 females

-20.0% or 265 minorities

-54.0% or 717 pilot qualified

-14 International students

High School Records of Cadets Accepted into Academy:

-Average GPA: 3.85

-Average SAT scores: 630 Verbal, 652 Math

-Average ACT scores: 28.4 English, 29.4 Reading, 29.5 Math, 28.9 Science

As They Graduate on May 28, 2008

-Graduating: 1012

-Men: 828 (81.8%)

-Women: 184 (18.2%)

-Minorities: 186 (18.4%) 47 Black, 64 Hispanic, 59 Asian-Pacific Islander, 16 Native American

-International Students: 12 (one each from Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, Korea, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Suriname, Tunisia, Taiwan, and Thailand). Total international grads for all years: 259.

-Average Cumulative GPA: 2.97

-Adjusted Attrition Rate: 311 or 23.2%

-Sets of Twins: 0

-Fourth-Child Graduates: 2

-Third-Child Graduates: 4

-Second-Child Graduates: 48

-Second Generation Graduates: 41

-Posthumous Graduates: 0

-Graduates Going To Pilot Training: 530

-Graduates Going To Combat Systems Operator (Nav) Training: 18

-Graduates Going To Air Battle Manager Training: 4

-Total Rated Officers in Class: 552

Total Graduates For All Years:
(Including Class of 2008)

Male: 37,042
Female: 3,760
Total: 40,802

U.S. Air Force Academy graduates who have attained the rank of general: 484 (215 Active duty, 260 retired, 9 deceased)

Service commitment: Graduates from the Class of 2008 who enter pilot training incur an active duty service commitment of ten years after earning their wings. For combat systems operators, the service commitment is six years after successful completion of training. All remaining graduates incur a five-year active duty service commitment.


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  • by Bill Location: colorado springs, CO on May 29, 2008 at 02:54 AM
    Best of luck to all the grads & A HUGE Thank You to Pres. Geo. Bush for taking the time to congradulate all the grads one by one.
  • by Dave Location: Pueblo West on May 28, 2008 at 05:16 PM
    Congratulations and "Well Done". You've made a fine start already, and I know that you will all serve our great country with distinction and Honor. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers,and Thank You for choosing to defend my Freedom!
  • by The Archers Location: Davie, FL on May 28, 2008 at 12:20 PM
    Erik, congratulations for all of your hard work, dedication, and fulfilling your dreams of graduating from The US Air Force Academy. The Archer Family salutes you!
  • by Doug Archer Location: Davie, Florida United States of America on May 28, 2008 at 12:08 PM
    For Erik Baker Gonsalves.... Even though your name was mispronounced, we all down here in Florida know who you are. You make us all proud to be Americans. The Archer family.
  • by Sapp Family Location: Attica, Mi on May 28, 2008 at 10:57 AM
    Franco Folino, Congratulations!!!!Way to Go!!! We wish we could be ther to see the Pride on your parents face to see you walk down the aisle. Can't to see you and hear all the stories. We Love You!! Karl, Cheryl, Cody and Hannah
  • by Pat Freeman Location: Fairmont, NC on May 28, 2008 at 10:11 AM
    Kyland Brett Freeman, Congratulations to my son for attaining the goal of his life. Like your brother, JD, and sister, Lyndsay, you have successfully attained your goal of graduation from the AFA and I am so proud of you. Remember, God has a plan for you and you can achieve your goal in life if you follow your dreams. I love you son and wish you the best. Love Forever Your Mom Pat D Freeman
  • by ethel chavis Location: lumberton nc on May 28, 2008 at 10:00 AM
    Kyland Brett Freeman, CONGRATULATIONS,to you and also your sis, Lyndsay and brother, J D, for your successful graduation from the AFA and the family is so proud of all three of you. Take you life and lead it as God has a plan for you. We love you and wish you all the happiness in the future. Love, Aunt Ethel, Uncle Sandy, Joshua
  • by Gregory Kimak Location: 2008 class on May 28, 2008 at 09:45 AM
    Gregory, Congratulations!!! Just want you to know we are very happy for you and very, very proud of you. We are with you in spirit as you graduate and wish you much happiness in whatever you do in the future. Love, Hugs'n God bless you always, Aunt Kathy & Uncle Vince and Family
  • by Matt and Kara Location: Branson, MO on May 28, 2008 at 06:46 AM
    For the past 3 years we have been honored to sponsor one of the Air Force Academy's best cadets ever! Jared Vieth is like a son to us and we are honored and blessed to have him in our lives. We watched Jared grow into an amazing young officer and true gentleman. We are so proud of Jared's graduation today. When we had to relocate to MO this past year, our hearts broke as we had to leave Jared to finish his last year alone. He proved he was a true fighter and handled being alone well. Today, we want to honor Jared and all of his hard work. He showed great patience and resolve to finish what he started. America will have one of the finest officers serving her and we pray she will love him as much as we do! Take good care of Jared as his heart is set to serve and defend you. May God bless all the cadets that graduate today and be with them. For anyone considering sponsoring a cadet- it will change your life for the best. Give of yourself for they are giving their all for us.
  • by Aunt Karen Location: West Albany NY on May 28, 2008 at 06:26 AM
    To my nephew, The newly commissioned Ensign Daniel.. I wish I could be there with you to help celebrate your very special day. You have worked so very hard and we are all so very proud of you! Always remember wherever life takes you, you bring with you the strength of God and the love of your family. Always and Forever, Aunt Karen, Gee, Jamie and Vinny
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