Acceptance Day

Acceptance Day - August 13, 2022

We commend the cadets and cadre on their determination and commitment throughout Cadet Basic Training and Re-organization week. We look forward to welcoming parents, family members and friends for Acceptance Day. Acceptance Day is the day the new cadets will be accepted into the Corps.

The Acceptance Day Parade will take place at 10 a.m. on The Plain.

The parade features the entire brigade of approximately 4400 cadets. Members of the Class of 2026 officially become plebes during the parade. The new cadets march out separately from the rest of their companies, but at a certain point during the parade an order will be given for the companies to open and the new cadets to join the ranks, being accepted into the Corps.

If traveling with guests needing handicapped accommodations, please know handicapped accessible parking is limited in the area of the Plain. You may wish to drop off your guests near the bleachers and park in other lots or along Thayer Road. Shuttle buses will be available to transport guests to The Plain from the Buffalo Soldier Parking lot for the parade on Saturday and around West Point / Visitor Center Saturday and Sunday throughout the day

Hats, sunscreen, and bottled water are recommended depending on the forecast. Point of etiquette for the parade -- please remain seated until all cadets have departed the Plain.

Walking Privileges

Soon after the completion of the parade and your cadet’s acceptance into the Corps of Cadets, the plebes will be afforded ‘Walking Privileges’ for the rest of the weekend. This year, we have extended the boundary of the ‘Walking Privileges’ to a 20-mile radius around West Point. These privileges will begin soon after we complete the parade so the cadets can change into their seasonal ‘White over Grey’ uniforms and sign out from their companies.

For Saturday, August 13, cadets must return 30 minutes prior to taps which will be at 1 a.m. that evening. On Sunday, August 14, cadets can leave as early as 5:20 a.m., but must return to the Cadet Area in enough time to be accounted for at recall formation at 7:15 p.m.

Click here for additional information on walking privileges.

Special Events

(free of charge)

Date Time Event Location
Aug 13 4 p.m. Cover band: The Zoo Ike Hall, Riverside Cafe
Aug 13 7:30 p.m. USMA Band Trophy Point Ampitheater
Aug 14 12 p.m. Mentalist: Robert Channing Ike Hall, Riverside Cafe


Food & Beverage Options

Food, beverage, and entertainment options will be available on Saturday and Sunday. Please consider including these in your weekend plans:

  • The DCA food truck will be positioned near The Plain before and after the Saturday morning parade. It offers a wide variety of food and drink options.
  • For both the Ike Hall events above, there will be food and beverage options available for purchase at the Ike’s Riverside Café during showtimes on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Grant Hall, which is located along the Thayer extension walk and a few feet from the Grant turnaround, will also be available from the hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Grant Hall offers a wide variety of food options including subs, sandwiches, pizza, coffee, soda, candies, etc. Parents and Family members will need to be escorted by their cadet for access to Grant Hall.
  • Other options for food and beverage include Starbucks, Subway, West Point Bowling Alley, Burger King, Bun D and the West Point Club.

Click here to view dining options at The Thayer Hotel.

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