Advanced Camp

Graduation Info./Family Day

Updated: June 9, 2017
Advanced Camp Graduation
Visiting Fort Knox

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Every graduation ceremony and Family Day will be live-streamed on our Ustream channel here Advanced Camp Graduation/Family Day. Follow us on UStream so you can receive event notices.

Successful completion of the Advanced Camp is perhaps the single most significant event in the multi-year Cadet leadership development process. As a result, family and friends of all graduates and commissionees are cordially invited to attend the graduation and commissioning ceremonies.

Graduation ceremonies last about an hour and take place outdoors, so please dress appropriately for hot weather.  In case of inclement weather the graduation ceremonies will be held indoors at Natcher Gym.

Families will receive graduation/family day invitation letters by email. Please use the link in the email to RSVP. Expect to receive the RSVP email 3 weeks before graduation/family day. Family Day will precede all graduations.

The Saber & Quill invites you for a Celebration Dinner Buffet in honor of your Cadet’s graduation from Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Please RSVP at www.fortknoxfamilyday.com if you would like to attend this special event.

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Graduation Schedule
Inclement Weather Location (Natcher Gym)

Regiment Event Date Location
1st Regiment
Family Day 24 Jun 17/11:15-12:20 Waybur Theater
e-invite Commissioning 24 Jun 17/14:00-16:00 Waybur Theater
e-invite Graduation 25 Jun 17/9:00-10:00 Brooks Field
2nd Regiment
Family Day 29 Jun 17/11:15-12:20 Waybur Theater
e-invite Commissioning 29 Jun 17/14:00-16:00 Waybur Theater
e-invite Graduation 30 Jun 17/9:00-10:00 Brooks Field
3rd Regiment
Family Day 4 Jul 17/11:15-12:20 Waybur Theater
e-invite Commissioning 4 Jul 17/14:00-16:00 Waybur Theater
e-invite Graduation 5 Jul 17/9:00-10:00 Brooks Field
4th Regiment
Family Day 9 Jul 17/11:15-12:20 Waybur Theater
e-invite Commissioning 10 Jul 17/14:00-16:00 Waybur Theater
e-invite Graduation 10 Jul 17/9:00-10:00 Brooks Field
5th Regiment
Family Day 14 Jul 17/11:15-12:20 Waybur Theater
e-invite Commissioning 15 Jul 17/14:00-16:00 Waybur Theater
e-invite Graduation 15 Jul 17/9:00-10:00 Brooks Field
6th Regiment
Family Day 26 Jul 17/11:15-12:20 Waybur Theater
e-invite Commissioning 27 Jul 17/14:00-16:00 Waybur Theater
e-invite Graduation 27 Jul 17/9:00-10:00 Brooks Field
7th Regiment
Family Day 31 Jul 17/11:15-12:20 Waybur Theater
e-invite Commissioning 31 Jul 17/14:00-16:00 Waybur Theater
e-invite Graduation 1 Aug 17/9:00-10:00 Brooks Field
8th Regiment
Family Day 5 Aug 17/11:15-12:20 Waybur Theater
e-invite Commissioning 5 Aug 17/14:00-16:00 Waybur Theater
e-invite Graduation 6 Aug 17/9:00-10:00 Brooks Field
9th Regiment
Family Day 10 Aug 17/11:15-12:20 Waybur Theater
e-invite Commissioning 10 Aug 17/14:00-16:00 Waybur Theater
e-invite Graduation 11 Aug 17/9:00-10:00 Brooks Field
10th Regiment
Family Day 15 Aug 17/11:15-12:20 Waybur Theater
e-invite Commissioning 15 Aug 17/14:00-16:00 Waybur Theater
e-invite Graduation 16 Aug 17/9:00-10:00 Brooks Field

Parking in the immediate area of Brooks field is limited. Please refer to the Advanced Camp parking map for additional parking areas.

Family Day Schedule of Events:

Time Description
10:45-11:15 Theater Opens for Family Members
11:15 – 11:20 Welcome/Virtual Knox Tour
11:20-11:25 Introduction of Cadre
11:25-11:30 HOOAH! Video
11:30-11:50 CG (or DCG/CMDT) Remarks
11:50-12:00 Administrative Notes – Informal Q&A
12:00 Cadets Released to Parents in Waybur Parking Lot

Cadet Visitation

Graduates. The Commander of Task Force Warrior is the approval authority for any exceptions to this policy. Cadets themselves must submit any such request through their regimental Cadre.

Family Day. Parents, family members, and friends are invited to spend time with their Cadet the evening prior to graduation. Cadets will be transported to the briefing location and meet with their guests following the Advanced Camp Family Day briefing (around 11:40). Cadets must be back in the regimental area no later than 8:00 p.m. and are not allowed to consume any alcoholic beverages.

Given the number of graduates and time constraints, post-graduation will be tightly controlled. Unless a pre-approved post-graduation travel request is in force or the Cadet has been authorized to travel by their personal automobile, Cadets will be transported to Louisville International Airport by government-provided transportation following the graduation ceremony. Cadets who live locally may be transported by Cadre from their host university. Please refer to the details listed below for the post-graduation visitation policy.

Post-Graduation Visitation and Travel

Cadets may be released to immediate family members (father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, or others designated in loco parentis) at the conclusion of the graduation ceremony only if the Cadet has received prior authorization. Cadets normally initiate the request for a post-graduation travel change at the beginning of the training cycle and are normally notified of approval by Day 16. Cadets may request a post-graduation travel change at any time, including the day of graduation. Under no circumstances should a Cadet or Cadet’s family initiate a travel change without the approval of the Commander of Task Force Warrior.

Transportation and Lodging

Guests attending family day events and graduation activities must make their own transportation and lodging arrangements. Guests arriving by air into Louisville Airport should plan for at least a 45 minute drive to Fort Knox. During the morning and evening commute, the interstate can be extremely congested and the drive may take much longer. There are rental car agencies at Louisville International Airport. Guests with a valid military identification card may also seek a reservation via the Fort Knox Lodging Center.

For information about visiting Fort Knox please access the Visit Fort Knox page
The page contains links to Fort Knox, maps, and the information needed to gain entrance to the post.

For questions and assistance please contact the CST Visitor Bureau
Phone: (502) 624-2804 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Email usarmy.knox.usacc.mbx.cst-vb@mail.mil

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  • How do I find out if my son received prior authorization for post graduation travel? Also how should I communicate my desire to take him to dinner the night before graduation?

    • Mary,
      Post Graduation travel is something you will have to confirm with your Cadet. Your Cadet will receive his phone back on the 26th day. Also, Cadets who are commissioning during the graduation ceremony can go to dinner the night before graduation.

  • Are we able to pick up a vehicle pass Sunday between 5-7pm at the Visitors Center for the next day’s graduation ceremony? Our cadet is NOT commissioning. Thanks

    • Nancy,
      You can either obtain a single-day pass from the Lewis Main Visitor Center, which requires no advance coordination, or you can obtain a pre-approved vehicle pass, which requires three-day advance coordination through the regiment. It may be easiest to come on the day of your Cadet’s commissioning and get a single-day pass for that day – all you’ll need is valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and current vehicle registration.

  • I am surprising my daughter for graduation she is comissioning she will be able to go out after the graduation for a short while. I arrive at 1 am on the july 15. grad is on the 15th….i leave july 16 it would be nice to spend some time with her.

    • Advance arrangements are necessary for a commissioning Cadet to be taken off post for family dinner and visitation. Contact your Cadet’s regimental cadre to arrange this.

  • I would like to surprise my son for graduation. He is in the 5th REGT and graduates on the 19th. He is not being commissioned but does leave to go to Fort Bragg next for additional training before he comes home to finish his senior year of college. Will I be able to see him at all after his graduation? I live in Texas and need to make flight reservations. My Cadet is Matthew Travieso.

    • For Cadets who are not commissioning, we cannot ensure that they will have the opportunity to spend any time with family following the graduation ceremony – it depends entirely on the regimental cadre and the travel arrangements that the Cadet has for returning home (or to their next assignment).

  • I have seen multiple days for receiving phones back. I have seen the night before graduation and also the 26th day. If its the night before, how will I contact my husband to go to dinner with him? Thanks.

    • Unfortunately, the date can vary. Cadets should receive their phones back anywhere from day 26-28 depending on the Cadre. You can try to contact the regimental Cadre to arrange something for dinner; however, you may just need to wait until he has his phone returned to him.

  • Following graduation, around what time or range of times should a cadet plan on arriving at Sea-Tac airport? (Or,what’s the earliest time a cadet’s unit should schedule for a returning flight?).

    • This questions depends entirely on the time of the Cadet’s returning flight. The Cadet’s ROTC battalion at school arranges the travel, so try contact the cadre there for this information.

  • Will the Cadets be leaving the day of their graduation, or will they be staying another night? I know there is no possible way for you to know their exact flight time, but do they usually leave that same day or do they stay another night?

  • Do the Cadets leave JBLM the same day after graduation? I know all of their flight times are different, but do they leave that same day or stay another night?

  • We received a call last night from someone in LDAC(a us govt phone number) Updating us on on son who is 3 reg . He said the graduation will be on Tues instead of Monday ,July 15 . Was this a legitimate call ??and legimt

  • My daughter graduates on 1 Aug- not commissioning. How can I confirm the approval of the Cadre for post graduation visit- which was submitted upon her arrival but not to be confirmed until 16Jul2013 as I will coordinate travel from Fort Bragg,NC and need as much advance knowledge as possible for ticketing.. Her travel date is 2 August the day following graduation.

  • Thanks for all the great info. Sorry (in advance) to bug you with questions.

    My daughter is remaining up there for her NSTP (nurse study training program) after LDAC. How can I find info about her release? Will she be available for my wife and I to visit her on graduation day and for that weekend? We don’t want to interfere with her training, but we would love to visit her if she is available.

    (And HUGE thanks for all the amazing pictures. You folks are the greatest!)

    • Dave,

      Cadets who are commissioning will have a chance to go to dinner with family members the evening prior to graduation.

      I would recommend you to contact the university’s Cadre, for we are unable to provide you with any information about the Nurse Study Training Program and about your daughter’s release.

  • Hello. I heard that the day before graduation is Family Day when you can visit on base. I haven’t seen anything on the website however, just about dinner for those commissioning. Is there a family day? Thank you so much for all your help and effort keeping us all updated 🙂

    • Only Cadets who are commissioning are allowed to have dinner with their family the evening before graduation. And all family members are invited to assist graduation.

  • Our son, Cadet Andrew Prouty, will be graduating July 28 with the 10th regiment. He will not be commissioning. Do many family members attend graduation if their cadet is not being commissioned? Is this something we should be planning?

    • Quite a few family members do attend the graduation ceremony, but there are more parents of commissioning Cadets in attendance. Note, however, that the graduation does not name individual Cadets unless they are commissioning and there may not be time to visit with your Cadet before proceeding to the prearranged travel home.

    • All regiments are set to have phones returned on Day 26 (July 16 for 5th Regiment). Please note that delays to the phone return are possible.

    • Quite a few family members do attend the graduation ceremony, but there are more parents of commissioning Cadets in attendance. Note, however, that the graduation does not name individual Cadets unless they are commissioning.

  • Hello. According to the information about graduation provided Cadets can be released to family “only if the Cadet has received prior authorization. Cadets normally initiate the request for a post-graduation travel change at the beginning of the training cycle and are normally notified of approval by Day 16”. What happens if the family didn’t find out until the week before graduation that they will be able to make the graduation? Can exceptions be made to visit with them after their graduation?

    • Unfortunately it depends entirely on the regimental cadre whether or not exceptions will be made to this policy. Contact your Cadet’s regimental cadre to discover next steps.

    • Only Cadets who are commissioning can leave for family visitation and dinner the night before graduation. If your Cadet is commissioning, contact his or her regimental cadre to discover next steps.

    • 5th Regiment Cadets were scheduled to have their mobile devices returned to them at the end of July 16th (Day 26). If you don’t hear from your Cadet, don’t worry. Their phones may be out of power or their cadre may not be able to return them just yet.

  • If a cadet is being released to a family member and have submitted the correct paperwork to do so, what time will they be available to be picked up? Will it be directly after the graduation ceremony concludes (approximately 1000) or will there be a slight delay? Thank you for all of the information and in advance for your assistance!

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