Thunderbirds release graduation ceremony schedule including practices

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (KKTV) - The Air Force Thunderbirds released their schedule for the Air Force Academy's Class of 2018 graduation ceremony on Wednesday.

The performance is expected to begin between 12:30 - 1 p.m., after the hat toss on May 23. The performance is expected to last about 30 minutes over Falcon Stadium.

The Thunderbirds arrive in Colorado Springs on May 21 and are expected to fly that morning for a site survey at about 10. The team will practice their full performance on May 22 from 11 a.m. to noon.

As mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration, roads under the show area will be closed during practice and graduation day performance.

The following roads will be closed from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. May 22, and from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. May 23:

•Stadium Boulevard - from Tri-intersection Bridge to Parade Loop

•Community Center Drive - from Stadium Boulevard to E. Douglass Drive

•Academy Drive - from Stadium Drive to the Falcon Club

The public is reminded not to stop along I-25 to watch the performances.