The United States Naval Academy prepares for a week of tradition, ceremony, and celebration for its graduating class of 2017. Commissioning Week involves a full week of celebratory events beginning Friday, May 19, 2017 and culminating with graduation day at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday, May 26, 2017. Even if you don't know anyone graduating from the Academy this year, Commissioning Week offers a host of events, some available to the public, that provide a taste of the history and tradition of the United States Naval Academy, along with an airshow put on by the famed Blue Angels.

Commissioning Week Events and Activities


Each of the week's events has something special to offer guests, but there is one that is not to be missed when visiting Annapolis during Commissioning Week: The Blue Angels. Crowds gather on the banks of the Severn River on the USNA campus to witness the amazing aerial performance of the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squad. The Blue Angels' flyovers can be seen:

  • Tuesday, over the Severn River at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm for circle and arrival, and at 1:45 pm - 4:00 pm for a flight rehearsal.
  • Wednesday, over the Severn River at 1:45 pm - 4:00 pm for a flight demonstration.
  • Friday, above the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the time-honored graduation flyover.

Due to the popularity of the Blue Angels, we expect to have an increase in visitors and traffic in Annapolis, so plan your day accordingly so you can enjoy all that Annapolis and the Blue Angels have to offer.


Parking is available at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium for $5. The daily shuttle will provide FREE transportation between the stadium and academy. You can also leave your car at the city's parking garages, all within a short walk from the Naval Academy.


For safety reasons, the Route 450 bridge over the Severn River will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrians at times on Tuesday and Wednesday during the Blue Angels demonstrations.


  • Gate 1 - vehicular access from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. (1:00 a.m. on Fri & Sat)
  • Gate 1 - pedestrian access from 5 a.m.-midnight (2:00 a.m. on Fri & Sat)
  • Gate 3 - vehicular access from 6 a.m.-9 a.m./egress 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Tue - Fri ONLY
  • Gate 3 - pedestrian access from 6 a.m.- 10 p.m.
  • Gate 8 - pedestrian/vehicular access 24 hours

May 23rd & 24th: Gates 1 & 3 will be closed to vehicular traffic (except emergency vehicles) from 1100 until approx. 1600
Gate hours are subject to change without notice.


Explore the Naval Academy year round. Visit the Armel-Leftwich Visitors Center to join a tour of the Academy. Or, stroll through the yard at your own pace. 

Be sure to bring two forms of valid ID (picture ID, passport, credit card, student ID) if you plan on visiting the USNA, as you will not be permitted on the grounds without proper ID. If you're going through Gate 1 of the USNA, expect to have your bags checked and be asked to walk through a metal detector for security purposes. Unauthorized vehicles are not permitted on the grounds. Also, several USNA concerts, drill demonstrations, ceremonies and parades that take place at the academy during the week are open to the public. Visit Commissioning Week online for more information about the celebrations, a full schedule of events, security and parking details, rules and regulations, and more.

For additional msuggestions and restrictions pertaining to Comissioning Week, visit the USNA website.

For a full list of scheduled events during Commissioning Week, visit the USNA's events list HERE.