• 4:45 PM Academy Photos (Cadets/Midshipmen)  
  • 5:00 PM Registration and Cocktails (Cash Bar)  
  • 6:00 PM Opening Ceremonies  
  • 7:00 PM Dinner and Program
  • 8:00 PM Speaker: Colonel (Ret.) Joseph Simonelli, Jr.    
  • 8:30 PM Dancing
  • 10:00 PM Alumni Reception  
  • 10:00 PM Cadet/Midshipmen After Party and Casino

Guest Speaker

Colonel (Ret.) Joseph Simonelli, Jr., retired as a Colonel from the Army, where he served for over 30 years in leadership positions from tactical to senior Department of Defense levels in areas of human resources, procurement, strategic policy, city management, legislative affairs, and cemetery operations.  He has extensive experience in workforce management.  He served as the Garrison Commander, Mayor/City Manager, of one of the fourth largest Military Installations in the Department of Defense. In his last three years of Active Duty, he served as the Chief of Staff of Arlington National Cemetery.  Commonly and affectionately called COL Joe, he possesses out of the box leadership, branding, and communications skills.  His “COL Joe Wants to Know” systematic approach to leadership, communications and problem solving were revolutionary and are still considered a best practice for workforce management and client engagement. Joe’s passion lies in inspiring and helping others to improve their leadership and communications skills.


Provided by Mic Click.

Formal group photographs of each Academy will be taken at 4:45 p.m. at the Broadmoor International Center. Formal family and individual portraits will be offered in the foyer at The Broadmoor International Center starting at 5:00 p.m.  Portrait packages will be offered for purchase at the Ball.

Dancing and Music

Blue Moon Entertainment will provide music.

Alumni Reception

All Alumni are invited to attend a reception after the Ball in the lobby of the International Center. 

After-Party and Casino

Informal, fun event exclusively for our young adults - Midshipmen/Cadets and guests, from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. “Gambling” chips and prizes will be provided. No gambling experience necessary; dealers will explain the games. Sorry, no parents, families or alumni allowed, as this is a special event for cadets/midshipmen and their special guests only.