This Weekend in Annapolis: Happy Commissioning Week!

Okay, the June Week celebrations haven’t really taken place in the month of June since the ’80s, so we’ll just refer to this coming week in Annapolis as the traditional Commissioning Week. 

Happy Commissioning Week, and congratulations to all soon-to-be Naval Academy graduates who will take the stage of the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday, May 25. Until then, an entire week of ceremonies and celebration is underway in Annapolis, and some of the week’s big events are open to the public. These include…

Flight demonstrations by the Blue Angels

Blue Angels in Annapolis during Commissioning Week

Commissioning Week is an exciting time to be in Annapolis to celebrate the graduating class of the United States Naval Academy. We take a look back 50 of the best photographs of the elite Blue Angels flight demonstrations in Annapolis of past graduations. The Blue Angels are the U.S.

 The U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron known as the Blue Angels will be flying over Annapolis on May 22 for a rehearsal, on Wednesday, May 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. for a flight demonstration and finally over the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for graduation on Friday, May 25 at 2 p.m.


Get into the spirit of celebration and watch the annual fireworks display over Hospital Point on Monday (May 21) night. 

Morning Colors

See the ceremonial raising of the flag at Tecumseh Court every morning at 8 a.m., May 22 – 26.

Outdoor Concerts

May 22, 12-12:30 p.m.: USNA Chapel Walk Concert at the Zimmerman Bandstand.

May 22, 12-12:45 p.m.: USNA Band Chamber Ensemble at Barry Gate.

May 24, 1-1:30 p.m.: USNA Pipes & Drums Performance at Tecumseh Court.

Tours of the Naval Academy 

Tours of the Naval Academy are available to the public year-round. Visit the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center inside USNA Gate 1 and take part in a guided walking tour of the academy grounds. Be prepared to provide identification in the form of an unexpired government-issued photo ID card or passport. 

See the full schedule of events here

Schedule of Events

The Schedule of Events page for the Site on the USNA Website. This page was last updated on May 17, 2018 2:54:43 PM.


Only ticket-holders will be allowed into the actual graduation ceremony on Friday, but everyone else can enjoy these and other public Commissioning Week events — just plan ahead, because traffic will be mostly gridlocked. 

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