R-Day

R-Day, or Reception Day, is the day the cadet candidates report to West Point. Candidates report early in the day to begin their in processing for their 47-month experience. Reporting time will be assigned to each cadet. Parents and family members are invited to explore certain areas of West Point, visit the Parent Welcome and Information area in Eisenhower Hall, check out Army equipment and vehicles, hear remarks from leadership and view the Oath Ceremony at the end of the day. Please review the reporting letter posted on the candidate portal.

Cadet candidates will receive instructions for reporting via their candidate portal. All will report to Eisenhower Hall at their assigned reporting time. Once parents and candidates have parked in the designated parking lots, buses will transport cadet candidates, luggage, parents and additional guests to Eisenhower Hall. Cadet candidates and family members will be ushered into Eisenhower Hall Theater and receive a short briefing. At the conclusion of the briefing, you will have 60 seconds to say goodbye. The cadet candidates will begin their in processing for Cadet Basic Training (CBT).

Parents and family members may travel to West Point to drop off their cadet candidate. There will be some cadet candidates who will travel on their own. Information on travel arrangements can be found in the "Instructions" booklet on the candidate portal.

Following the briefing and saying good-bye to your cadet candidate, we invite you to visit the Parent Welcome and Information area. We will have local gift shops, parent clubs, USAA, the Red Cross, USO, representatives from all our support services, representatives from the 50-year affiliate class and more. Please allow us to show off our West Point hospitality and welcome you to the West Point family.

Once you have said your goodbyes, you will not have any direct contact with your son or daughter on R-Day. You will have an opportunity to see the new cadets participate in the Oath Ceremony on the Plain later in the day. Shuttles will be available immediately following to transport parents and family members to the parking lots.

The ceremony is just that, a ceremony where the new cadets will march in formation out onto the Plain and repeat the oath taken earlier in the day during in processing. The oath affirms their commitment to enter West Point as a cadet. This ceremony will take place on Monday, June 26, time TBA.

A map will be available with the approximate locations of company positions, but, they will be positioned Company A-I left to right as you are viewing the Plain from the bleachers. The cadets will be arranged by height in the formation for the Oath Ceremony. But please know, you can view the ceremony from any seat in the bleachers. This formation is more compact than many of the other parades, ceremonies or reviews.

The Parent Information and Welcome area will be available 6 a.m.- 4 p.m.  The Oath Ceremony will take place later in the day. Departure is recommended for all once the oath ceremony is complete. Buses will be available to transport guests back to the parking area as soon as the Oath Ceremony is over.

Although R-Day is a great day to visit West Point, there is no further contact with your son/daughter once you say your goodbyes during the report time. Acceptance Day is an opportunity to see a wonderful parade, celebrate the end of summer training and spend time with your cadet. Once the parade is over, the cadets (now officially plebes), are released soon after the parade to spend time with their families. For more information please see the Acceptance Day FAQ (update coming soon).

Photos and videos will be shared from West Point Public Affairs during the summer.  This will continue during the academic via the West Point social media platforms.

The West Point home page can be found at www.westpoint.edu. The Parent Information page can be found at www.westpoint.edu/parents. Various documents are posted on this site throughout the year.

Photos are posted on Flickr. Information and links are posted on Facebook: www.facebook.com/westpointparents and www.facebook.com/westpointUSMA

Videos are posted to YouTube and linked to from the West Point website and/or Facebook.

The West Point Association of Graduates also share photos. Links can be found on its website.

New cadets should bring receipts for travel costs when they report for R-Day. Within a few days after R-Day, they will meet with staff members who will help enter the information necessary for reimbursement: airline costs, a night in a hotel, incidentals, mileage, etc. Keep in mind the government sets limits on allowable costs. Reimbursement will be deposited into the new cadet’s personal account sometime during the summer. Please encourage your cadet candidate to submit all required forms for pay as instructed. 

Cadet Summer Training

Cadet Summer Training takes the form of Cadet Basic Training, Cadet Field Training, or Cadet Leader Development Training.

The length of CST varies. Cadet Basic Training (CBT) lasts about 10 weeks.  Cadet Field Training (CFT) lasts 3-4 weeks. Cadet Leader Development Training (CTLT) lasts 4-5 weeks.

Families can view photos and video updated on the Cadet Summer Training web page.

Cadet Basic Training

New cadets will have an opportunity to call home during their training. The phone calls are scheduled for the midway point of training. They sometimes are allowed an additional call depending on their training schedule. The timeline is often shared during CBT via social media or email to parents.

Cadets are offered the opportunity to call home at the midway point (July 16 – New Cadet Visitation Day between 1-5 p.m.). New Cadet Visitation Day is a time for the cadets to visit with staff and faculty for the afternoon. The new cadets often use their own phones, but staff and faculty also offer their phones and sometime computers or other smart devices for these calls.

During CBT, contact is limited to brief phone calls or regular mail. We ask that you not visit West Point during CBT. This is a time for your sons and daughters to experience the challenges and rigors of their initial training. They will have plenty to share via their letters, phone conversations and your visit during Acceptance Day (details to follow). Please know we have staff photographers who will do their best to capture many of the training events to share with family and friends via our website and social media platforms.

New cadets are issued sunscreen and bug repellent (it's a mix of both). Their uniforms are treated prior to issue and the repellant is good for up to 25 washes.

Yes, it is very normal for a new cadet to lose weight over the summer. Their eating habits will change from grazing (while at home) to eating 3 family-style meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner. Understand that there is no soda/junk food, etc. - they drink water, juice and sports drinks almost exclusively during CBT. They are constantly on the move. They conduct physical training twice a day for the most part. It is not atypical for training to include a field exercise where they will walk well over 20 km over 3 days. They are being taken care of but the weight loss is a natural consequence to the change in lifestyle. Nutrition is paid very close attention during CBT. They are supplied with meals that have a significant amount of calories to ensure they are properly nourished and have the appropriate energy stores to complete the expected training. For all major training events, they are offered protein bars and energy drinks. A new cadet’s weight is monitored. It is a point of emphasis for all involved.

All injuries are evaluated and treated on a case by case basis. Continuation and participation in training will depend on the severity of the injury.

Information from the Chaplain’s office – New cadets have services at 8 a.m. on Sundays (various locations). The mission requirements of training may supersede scheduled worship but they are the exception.

If during CBT, call Central Guard Room (845) 938-3030 and leave a message for a member of your new cadet’s TAC team. They will call back once they receive the message. Additionally (VERY IMPORTANT), please notify the Red Cross.

The Red Cross helps with the verification so the chain of command can make a decision regarding emergency leave. For more information please see the Red Cross Emergency Communications web page . In addition to the website, the Red Cross now has a very helpful app. You can review the services provided via this site.

The information below is another way for Service members and families to start a Red Cross message through our new app. The Hero Care App is available to download for free in app stores, by texting ‘GETHEROCARE’ to 90999 or by clicking this link from a mobile device.

If an emergency occurs after CBT, you can connect directly with your cadet or via the chain of command.

If you feel they may need support, especially if delivering news of a loss in the family, you can call the TAC team via Central Guard Room, (845 938-3030) and ask for a member of the TAC team to return your call. The TAC or TAC NCO will call as soon as possible.

Additionally (VERY IMPORTANT), please notify the Red Cross. The Red Cross helps with the verification so the chain of command can make a decision regarding emergency leave. For more information please see this link.

Please know counselors and chaplains are available to support cadets as needed.

If you have further questions, please email Deb Dalton or call (845) 938-8826.

The out-processing from CBT can take anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks. The initial counseling process by the Chain of Command is deliberately extended over the course of a few days to give the New Cadet every opportunity to assess the situation with upperclassmen feedback. At that point they will speak with their Tactical Officer/Deputy Commander who can explain the benefits and opportunities of a career in the Army. The rest of the time is utilized processing the paperwork through the Superintendent. During this portion the new cadet transitions into Summer Garrison Regiment where they will turn in their equipment and attend regular accountability formations waiting for their paperwork to be completed.

One of the out-processing tasks at the Tactical Officer level is to contact the parents to inform them. In most cases the TAC authorizes the New Cadet a phone call home as most of the issues tend to revolve around home sickness. In some cases multiple phone calls are authorized to navigate the situation, but are not the norm as new cadets are supposed to be overcoming the challenges of CBT themselves.

March Back / Acceptance Day

The March Back is the culminating event for CBT. The new cadets, cadre, members of the staff and faculty and alumni will march (ruck march) from Lake Frederick back to the cadet area of West Point. The distance covered is approximately 12-14 miles. The movement pauses at the Victor Constant Ski Slope where they will have an opportunity to eat breakfast and take a brief rest before proceeding through Washington Gate. The formation will be joined by the West Point Band and will continue through the post finishing on the apron in front of Washington Hall. Please know you will not have any contact with your new cadet during this time, but they appreciate the support shown by those in attendance. The new cadets eat lunch on the apron. Once lunch is complete, they will join their academic companies and begin the process of reorganization in preparation for the academic year.

**Special note for parents (of the Class of 2027) who are West Point graduates – please check this site for more information.

USMA Graduates can march back with the New Cadets at the end of Cadet Basic Training. There are two options: Please check this site for more information.

Acceptance Day is the day the new cadets will be accepted into the Corps. The Acceptance Day Parade will take place on Saturday, August 12, 2023 at 10 a.m. on The Plain. The parade features the entire brigade of approximately 4400 cadets. Members of the Class of 2027 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 for your convenience. View Acceptance Day Parade parking and shuttle information here.

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. Thank you!

Following the parade, cadets will be released (usually) no later than 1 p.m. to enjoy appropriate privileges. Cadets must return to the barracks by taps. Cadets are released Sunday morning (5:20 a.m.) but must return to the barracks in time for accountability. Cadets will be aware of the privileges allowed. 

Yes, cadets are allowed off post following the parade to enjoy walking privileges. The distance allowed for walking privileges is a 20-mile radius from West Point. Cadets must return 30 minutes prior to taps (1 a.m.) Sun. Aug. 13. Cadets are also allowed off post on Sun. Aug. 13 from 5:20 a.m. until recall formation (for accountability) at 7:15 p.m. unless otherwise informed by their chain of command.  (Updated July 19, 2023)

Some local larger towns have a wide array of accommodations, as well as shopping options, such as Target and Walmart. These towns include Newburgh, Nanuet, Fishkill, Wappinger's Falls, Monroe and Middletown. Please be sure to check the local maps to confirm roads have not been impacted by the recent storms. Check this site and Click here to view a map of the area.

Once the new cadets complete the March Back, the last event of Cadet Basic Training, they begin a period of approximately five days of reorganizing. This reorganization period is for the entire Corps of Cadets. New cadets will move into their academic year companies, learn their new chain of command, meet their team leader (a yearling assigned to help set the new cadet/plebe up for success), receive their academic schedules, pick up books, pick up computers, attend briefings, attend drill practice, learn the locations of their classrooms and more. This is a very busy time for the Corps of Cadets. New cadets will receive their cell phones during this time (if they brought on R-Day) and may be able to make calls/send texts on a limited basis. They will have access to email, usually by mid-week in the event they did not bring their cell phone.

During Reorganization Week, the new cadets are escorted to all locations. Visiting is not permitted during Reorganization Week. 

Please talk to your cadet before making plans to visit West Point. There are duties, responsibilities, training, inspections, and parades that happen on weekends at West Point. However, if there is nothing planned, please keep in mind cadets manage their down time. There are opportunities to visit recreation facilities (bowling alley, movies, ski slope and golf course). They may visit with their sponsor families, walk to Highland Falls, use the gym/work out, etc. It is always best to speak with your cadet to be sure they will be on post and will have time to visit with you or others who may be in the area.

During the academic year, cadets approved for a pass to depart for the weekend will leave after their last class or duty on Friday or other designated day and return in time for an accountability formation on Sunday (or Monday if a long/holiday weekend.) Typically cadets are released for Thanksgiving after their last class. This year classes will end on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Cadets will depart for Thanksgiving break after their last class or duty and return on Monday, Nov. 27. For leave at the end of the semester, the cadets will know their TEE (Term End Exam) schedule by early October. Remind them to keep checking! Once their schedules are finalized, please allow plenty of time between the end of their exam period to departure as they will need time to clear their rooms, complete duties, etc.

Ring Weekend

The Ring Weekend ceremony on The Plain (the parade field) will begin at 4:58 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25.

Parents and guests - please park in the Buffalo Soldier Field (BSF) lot just inside Thayer Gate. Buses will be availalbe 2:30-8 p.m. to shuttle parents and guests to and from the ceremony at The Plain. The pickup point at BSF is the bus shelter. If the Buffalo Soldier Field lot fills, A Lot, near Michie Stadium will be available. The buses will adjust the route to accommodate.
The drop off point at The Plain is behind the bleachers. 

Please be in the bleachers at The Plain by 4:30 p.m.  The area directly in front of the bleachers is where they cadets will stand for the ceremony. First and Second regiments will enter from the middle of The Plain, Third and Fourth will enter from the right side. Appropriate attire is summer/business casual; sundress, capris, skirts, walking shorts for ladies; shorts, casual pants, polo shirts, etc., for men. 
Be comfortable and wear comfortable shoes.

Please join us for the 7th Annual Ring Run 5K, Sat., Aug 26! To register for family members and guests, please visit this link. No cost for cadets to participate. Call the Fitness Center to register cadets: (845) 938-6490. It promises to be a fun event!

YES, there is a reception, Saturday, Aug. 26, 3:45-5:15 p.m. at Eisenhower Hall. Buses will be available at 3 p.m. from Buffalo Soldier Field parking lot. Additionally, parking is available in Clinton Lot, with a short walk to Ike Hall. 

On Saturday, August 26, the banquet will take place at the cadet mess in Washington Hall. All guests (Cadet + 3 guests) attending the banquet should be in place behind their chairs in the cadet mess no later than 5:50 p.m. This is a formal event. Suggested attire is formal, full length dress for the ladies and dark business suit or tuxedo (or military equivalent).

Cadets are responsible for signing up/payment for guests.

Please refrain from entering the Cadet area. Parents and guests are not allowed into the barracks or buildings in the Cadet Restricted Area. Thank you for your support.

For guests attending the banquet, buses will run from Buffalo Soldier Field to the Superintendent's Review Box near The Plain. Guests will follow the sidewalk to the apron in front of the cadet mess. (Comfortable shoes are a good idea.) 
Buses will run beginning at 3 p.m. (for the reception at Ike Hall) and will continue to run from BSF, transporting parents and guests to the drop off for the cadet mess. Buses will continue to run until 9 p.m. 

  • The West Point Parents Club of MDDCVA will be selling Class Crest Afghans (throws). Proceeds from the sale of the throws will be donated to the class for its gift fund.
  • The West Point Parents Club of New Jersey will be in the grassy area behind the bleachers on Friday selling coins with the class crest. Proceeds from the sale of the coins will be donated to the class for its gift fund.
  • The West Point Parents Club of Southeast Pennsylvania will be in the grassy area behind the bleachers on Friday to distribute pre-purchased tote bags.

Graduation

Ten tickets will be available to members of the graduating class for their families and guests. The tickets will be distributed during grad week. A ticket is required for admission into the stadium. Tickets will be distributed by company. 
Additional Ticket Requests (any amount above the 10 reserved tickets per Cadet): will be available on the below dates and times. These tickets will be general-public seating and “WILL NOT” be seated together with the 10 reserved tickets each Cadet receives. 
Monday-Tuesday (20-21 May) 9am-6pm “Cadets Only” Grant Hall: Cadets may request additional tickets for their guests at this location. Cadets are responsible for informing guests that they have their tickets. Cadets will only request the number of additional tickets your guests will use; this allows for accurate forecasting of Graduation Day parking and shuttle bus requirements. 
Wednesday-Thursday (22-23 May) 9am-6pm (Visitor Center): General-public tickets are available at the Visitors Center. Guest are asked to confirm Cadet does not have their tickets before proceeding to the Visitors Center for additional tickets”. Please request only the number of tickets you will use; this allows for accurate forecasting of Graduation Day parking and shuttle bus requirements. (as of 5/2/2024)
Babies and graduation tickets – Infants sitting on a parent’s lap do not need a ticket. However, please keep in mind if you have an infant carrier, it will require some space. In that case it would be polite to have a ticket to account for that space. Ages 2 and older do require a ticket. Strollers are allowed in the stadium, but not in the bleacher area.

For those not able to attend graduation, the ceremony will be available via livestream, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 27. Links to follow.

Please click the link below for guidelines on Grad Week attire.

GRAD WEEK ATTIRE

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ticket request: Each Cadet will provide the number of ADA guests they will have in attendance for the Graduation Ceremony through CIS. This information is requested to accommodate people with disabilities (specifically those who utilize a wheelchair) and provide the best possible viewing location (limited indoor space at Michie Stadium). These individuals, along with one (1) accompanying guest, will receive a ticket specific to the alternate viewing location - totaling two (2) tickets per guest requiring accessible viewing accommodations. 
The last day for Cadets to submit the request for ADA accommodations is 17 May.

All ADA guests with an ADA ticket or handicap plate/placard will enter the installation through “Stony                                      Lonesome gate only”. You will be directed to the ADA parking lot for transport to Michie Stadium.
(as of 5/2/2024)
 

If you are traveling with a family member who needs a transport chair, recommend bringing it with you (if possible) or contact Home Health Pavilion (845) 569-1250 for a rental. They are located in Newburgh and have been very accommodating. For those who are able to walk, but have some challenges, a wheelchair may still be a good idea as there is a lot of walking required.

WHEELCHAIR RENTAL

 

Guests are encouraged to park in designated areas and use the shuttle bus service. On graduation day, parking is available for handicapped guests in F Lot. Guests will be directed to parking at Buffalo Soldier Field and shuttled to the stadium area. Cart service will also be available to assist as needed. There is no parking in the cadet area until after the ceremony.

Each of the respective chapels will host a baccalaureate service – a religious service honoring those in the graduating class. Wednesday, May 24; All services 5:30-6:45 p.m. Parking is available at the chapels. 

Guests will have an opportunity to visit Constitution Island, located just to the east of West Point in the Hudson River. Guests will step off the boat at the Constitution Island dock where they will be greeted by a guide who will share the history of the island. Travel time to the island is approximately 15 minutes. The crew will share information on the history and geography of the river while in transit. There are short hikes/walks once you are on the island – one is approximately 10-15 minutes, the other is approximately 25 minutes. Appropriate walking shoes are a must! It is recommended guests bring their own water bottles. Please park in the vicinity of the West Point Train Station at the bottom of Williams Road or along the river in the South Dock area. Tour capacity is 35 passengers. Reservations NOT accepted. First come first served – groups will be managed at the dock. All passengers must disembark upon arrival at Constitution Island. Please know this experience is not handicapped accessible. 

An alternate viewing location will be available for guests with health or mobility challenges or who just may want to be indoors. The location is the Class of '63 Lounge on the 3rd level in Eisenhower Hall.
No ticket required. To access this location, guests must enter via Washington Gate, proceeding down Washington Road. Bear left at the West Point Cemetery south entrance and follow Ruger Road to Ike Hall. Drop off guest(s) at the Eisenhower Hall ticket office in the tunnel. Guests will take the elevator to the 3rd level. Upon exiting the elevators please walk towards the open area (Crest Hall). Once in Crest Hall, cross the area to your left and you will see the Class of '63 Lounge. The live stream will be shown in this location. This is a great option for viewing the ceremony. 

Please join us for light refreshments, a chance to meet other new Army "Spouses to Be," and hear from an incredible guest speaker about the exciting journey of being an Army spouse. You will also have an opportunity to meet Army spouses who have already been stationed at your duty station and connect with seasoned spouses who can answer your questions. We invite you to bring up to two guests (mom, MIL, SIL, MOH, fiancé, etc.).
All Fiancés (plus 2 guests) of the Class of 2024 Are Welcome

Space is limited to 100 attendees, so please reserve your place here by completing the form below. If you change your mind and decide you can no longer join us, please let us know so that we may offer this space to another person. Please RSVP by May 16th. Questions? Email dusawpprograms@gmail.com    We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you!
 

SIGN UP FOR THE EVENT

 

Thirteen academic departments will host award ceremonies. The ceremonies are open to family and guests of those cadets who are receiving awards. Cadets receiving awards will have the appropriate information to share regarding time and place and we hope to post a schedule as well. The ceremonies will be held 9:45-11 a.m., Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23.  

This is an event where the Superintendent, Academy leadership and donors will present certain members of the graduating class with awards. Not all cadets attend. There is no limit to the number of guests to attend the ceremony. Cadets are allowed 2 guests to attend the reception/dinner prior to the awards ceremony. Cadets receive an invitation for the reception. 
(updated May 9, 2024)

There are no tickets required for this event. Please accommodate guests with mobility challenges when possible. Standing room is available on the sides of the Plain (along the fence) near Doubleday Field and near Thayer Statue. You are welcome to bring chairs for those areas. The fence lines are also excellent areas for those in wheelchairs. (Please do not sit in the areas to the immediate right and left of the Superintendent’s Review Box. Those areas are reserved for TAC teams and guests of the Superintendent. If there is room available, these areas will be open just prior to the start of the parade.) The parade is one event that is NOT to be missed…the parade is a time-honored tradition where the graduating class “leaves” the Corps and is honored as the remainder of the Corps passes in review. Throughout the parade a narrator will describe the customs and traditions. The West Point Band will provide the music for the event. The parade will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

The banquet is limited to graduating cadets plus three (total of 4 seats). The banquet will begin promptly at 6 p.m. At the conclusion of the banquet, please be patient as the shuttle buses make their way around West Point transporting guests back to their cars/parking lots.

What is the attire for the banquet and grad week? Suggested attire provided by the Cadet Hostess can be found at this link Please review this document for helpful information. 

Legacy Studios will be present at graduation and will photograph the cadets as they receive their diplomas.

LEGACY STUDIOS

 

In the event graduation must be moved indoors due to SEVERE weather, the following sites will be utilized for additional guests – Eisenhower Hall Theater will be the primary location for the graduating class and limited family members. Alternate locations include - Thayer Hall - Robinson Auditorium, Washington Hall (Cadet Mess), Holleder Center (Tate Rink) and possibly Mahan Hall Auditorium. (Locations are tentative - this information will be updated at a later date.)

After the graduation ceremony, the graduates will be required to complete their clearing process. Once complete, the new graduates will change into their Army Service Uniforms in preparation for their bar pinning or commissioning ceremonies. The ceremonies are held in various places around West Point. Cadets (graduates) will often arrange to share their ceremony with friends, teammates or company mates often asking a respected instructor/mentor or family member (must be a commissioned officer active or retired) to administer the oath. The American flag is required to be present for the ceremony.

It may be prudent to discuss graduation day with your cadet ahead of time so you can plan accordingly for the attending guests. Some will plan a light picnic or possibly relocate to their hotel while waiting for the graduates to complete these tasks.

Plebe-Parent Weekend

The weather can range from very cold, freezing temps to spring-like conditions. Continue to check the weather forecast before departing for West Point. Always be prepared for a shower/rain/snow/ice.

Shuttle buses will be available throughout, but a fair amount of walking is still required. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Additional shuttle bus information can be found in the PPW Information Guide. You will be encouraged to park in Buffalo Soldier Field, and other parking areas to be shared via a map and all are encouraged to take the shuttle bus, especially on Friday.

Business casual for most events. Dinner and dance on Saturday night require more formal attire; a long dress or party pantsuit; a tuxedo, dark suit, or military uniform as appropriate; cadets will be in their full dress for the event.

The schedule will be posted on the Parent Information page in late January/early February. Hard copies will also be available at the Parent Welcome/Information Center in Eisenhower Hall on Friday, March 22.

Yes – please register! Registration will help us to plan for your visit. Thank you! A link will be posted on the Parent Information page – www.westpoint.edu/parents in early February

Plan to arrive either Thursday evening or early Friday morning.

Please join us for an informal Parent Gathering on Thursday, March 21 at The Thayer Hotel, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This is an informal "pay as you go" event. The Parent Welcome Center in Eisenhower Hall will open at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 22. The schedule for the day includes tours of various buildings and informational presentations throughout the day. Parents/guests will be formally welcomed on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. by Lt. Gen. Steven W. Gilland in the Eisenhower Hall Theater. 

Yes. Additional family members are welcome; however, the cadets are allowed four seats for the banquet (one for themselves and three additional). Cadets can sometimes find additional seats through their company. It is the cadet’s responsibility to procure any additional seats. There is often a reference to “tickets” for the dinner. There are no actual “tickets” sold

Many cadets will invite dates to attend the dinner and dance. This is typically a family discussion/decision

West Point Club, Thayer Hotel, Subway, Lil’ Skeeters (West Point Bowling Center) and Burger King (located at the PX). Hours of operation will be available in the PPW schedule. Restaurants can also be found on Main Street in Highland Falls, ranging from sandwich shops to full-service restaurants.

YES! Transportation is available on Sunday, March 5 for plebes who require transportation to the major airports. Tickets are sold via an online link posted on the West Point MWR link.

Activities and events may include but are not limited to the following - Remarks by the Superintendent, Lt. Gen. Steven W. Gilland, tours of the uniform factory, tours of Quarters 100, Jefferson Hall Library, Army Sports Hall of Fame, academic open houses, presentations by USCC staff, overview of the CEAC (Cyber & Engineering Academic Center project, support services presentation, TAC Team open house and the opportunity to visit your cadet’s room in the barracks. The culminating event is a formal banquet and unveiling of the Class of 2027 crest in the cadet mess followed by receiving lines and a hop at Eisenhower Hall.

The Plebe-Parent Review is a parade with only plebes participating. The formation will consist of plebes from each of the 36 companies, in platoon-size formations (4 x 8). The companies will march in order (Company A1-Company I4) led by the brigade staff. The color guard marches in between the 2nd and 3rd regiments. Parents/guests will observe from the edge of the apron in front of the Eisenhower and MacArthur Barracks.

(Tentative) The dinner starts at 5 p.m. All cadets and guests are expected to be behind their chairs by 4:45 p.m. Remember to bring bubble wrap or socks to wrap your souvenir wine glasses. Attendance is mandatory for all members of the Class of 2027 unless on an approved trip section or hospitalized. Suggested attire can be found on the Parent Information page – please look for Cadet Hostess – Formal Attire presentation.

Yes, following the dinner guests will be invited to visit Ike Hall, go through receiving lines, and enjoy a hop (dance). Music for the hop is provided by the West Point Benny Haven's Band.

The schedule is designed to give you options (or choices) of various activities to enjoy while attending Plebe-Parent Weekend. Please use the information as a planning guide and do not feel you have to attend EVERYTHING! Discuss with your cadet as they may have suggestions on what to see based on their experience to this point.