Recognition marks the transition of the Fourth Class Cadets to upper class status. Recognition will take place April 2022, and consists of wing and squadron-run training, challenge courses and events, speakers and “Prop and Wing” ceremonies, concluding with a celebratory dinner Saturday evening.
Parents do NOT attend Recognition Events, but traditionally congratulate the Fourth Class Cadets on their achievement in some way.
The Exemplar Dinner for the Third Class Cadets takes place during the fall semester. Since the Class of 2000, each subsequent class choses someone who “exemplifies” the core values of USAFA- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. The Third Class Cadets celebrate this selection at a formal dinner.
Commitment Dinner for the Second Class Cadets takes place at the start of the fall semester. Once cadets return to the Academy for their Second Class year, this formal dinner represents their active duty commitment. Members of the Legacy Class are invited to attend the Commitment Dinner to celebrate with the Second Class Cadets.
100s Night for the First Class Cadets takes place approximately 100 nights before graduation. 100 Nights is a formal dinner where they wear Mess Dress. It is an opportunity for the First Class Cadets to join with the Legacy Class to celebrate 100 days until graduation and their commissioning as Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force. Cadets also receive their base assignments and are given liberty for the weekend to celebrate.