President Joe Biden arrives in Colorado for Air Force Academy graduation

Air Force One landed in Colorado Springs Wednesday ahead of President Biden's commencement address at Thursday's USAFA graduation.
Published: May. 31, 2023 at 2:09 PM MDT|Updated: May. 31, 2023 at 10:39 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - President Joe Biden arrived in Colorado Wednesday night as he’s scheduled to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony on Thursday.

“Colorado plays a critical role in our country’s national security. Beyond the Air Force Academy, Colorado is home to the largest number of Space Force Deltas, three Space Force bases, and several specialized headquarters, including U.S. Space Command. Our state is the nexus of America’s defense and space missions, and boasts a highly-skilled civilian workforce, a robust defense industry, and several world-class universities,” part of a joint statement from Sen. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper reads. “As President Biden and his administration near a final basing decision for Space Command, we urge them to restore the integrity of this process and make a decision in the interest of our national security – to keep Space Command in Colorado Springs.”

The schedule of events for graduation on Thursday can be viewed below. Tickets are required to attend the ceremony at Falcon Stadium.

-6:30am Gates open to public at Falcon Stadium

-7:45-8:00 a.m. Performance by Cadet Honor Guard

-8:00 to 8:45 a.m. Performances by the Cadet Chorale, Sabre Drill & In The Stairwell

-9:30am to 1:15 p.m. Graduation Ceremony & Thunderbirds