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Requests are due by October 1, 2019

Scheduling of the USMA Leader Team and USMA Staff & Faculty is the responsibility of the Directorate of Academy Advancement (DAA) which is part of the USMA Staff. The USMA Leader Team consists of the Superintendent, USMA Command Sergeant Major, Commandant, USCC Command Sergeant Major, Dean, and the Athletic Director.

With 139 West Point Societies around the world, we cannot support every request for a member of the USMA Leader Team. In order to equitably distribute the USMA Leader Team we rotate the Commandant, Dean, and Director of Athletics between three geographic regions in the United States. The Superintendent does not have an assigned region and will attend events at large.  West Point Societies should coordinate with other Societies in their area to pair their Founders Day events on the same weekend.  As a result, we can send one USMA speaker to address both Societies on the same weekend.

  • Please note: Cadets will not serve as Founders Day Speakers.  If you would like to have Cadets attend your event, we recommend you schedule your event during Spring Break and invite cadets from the local area.

The assignments for the USMA Leader Team in 2020 are:

  • Superintendent (LTG Darryl A. Williams '83) - At Large
  • USMA Command Sergeant Major (CSM Jack Love) - At Large
  • Commandant (BG Steve Gilland '90) - Central Region and Military Installations
  • USCC Command Sergeant Major (CSM Tom Kenny) - At Large
  • Dean (BG Cindy Jebb '82) - West Coast
  • Athletic Director (Mr. Boo Corrigan) - East Coast

Once all the requests are submitted by the West Point Societies, the draft schedule for the USMA Leader Team is developed and presented for their approval. Once the schedule is approved, DAA works with the Societies to lock-in the date. In some cases the dates or the events may change as the result of scheduling conflicts.

The projected timeline for the 2020 Founders Day schedule:

  • 14 September - 1 October: Speaker requests submitted via online form
  • 30 November: USMA Leader team schedule completed
  • 31 December: All other Founders Day requests filled (Other USMA Speakers)
  • 1-31 March: Founders Day window

Some dates to consider in planning your Founders Day:

  • 8-10 March - Plebe Parent Weekend (The Superintendent, Commandant, and Command Sergeant Majors will remain at West Point)
  • 9-17 March - USMA Spring Break (Cadets depart after last duty on 8 March and return on 17 March)
  • 12-13 April - Sandhurst Competition
  • 21 April - Easter

Once the Leader Team schedule is complete DAA will work with the Office of the Dean, Commandant, and other USMA Directorates to find a senior member of the USMA Staff & Faculty to speak at the remaining Founders Day requests. These speakers typically are:

  • Office of the Dean – Vice Dean, Department Head/Deputy Department Head, Directors of Academic Centers, or USMA Professor
  • USCC – Deputy Commandant, Director of Military Instruction, Brigade or Regimental Tactical Officers, Master of the Sword, Director of the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic, Directors of Centers
  • USMA Directorates and Activities – USMA Chief of Staff, Director of Admissions, USMAPS Commandant, Garrison Commander, Deputy Military Athletic Director, Commander West Point Band, Directors of Centers, and Senior members of the USMA Staff.


Founders Day Guest Speaker Request Form 2020
Questions that require an answer are marked with  *
* Society Name:
* Founders Day POC
 Class Year (if applicable, if not applicable please write N/A)
 Daytime Phone Number
 Email Address
Which other Society or Societies are you pairing with?
Founders Day venue and/or city:
Enter 3 different dates & times in priority order. If you already have a firm date, leave second and third dates blank. Please submit at least one day other than a Saturday.
* First Date:
 Month/date (for example, 03/10):
* First Date Time of Day:
Second Date:
 Month/date (for example, 03/10):
Second Date Time of Day:
Third Date:
 Month/date (for example, 03/10):
Third Date Time of Day:
You may select up to 4 different guest speakers below. If you select OTHER, please enter his/her name or duty position.
* First Speaker Choice:
Second Speaker Choice:
Third Speaker Choice:
Fourth Speaker Choice:
I am not requesting a USMA speaker, please email the SUPT video when it becomes available.
If you are not requesting a USMA speaker, please provide the name of your speaker.
* Audience Size (Expected):
Closest airport:
* Additional Information:

I would like USMA admissions to provide me with a list of local cadet candidates.
* I would like to use WPAOG registration services. I understand that I need to provide the completed form at least 3 weeks before going live - westpointaog.org/file/Alumni-Events-Online-Registration-Request-Form.pdf.
* I will be submitting applications for Associate Members or Friends of West Point. Applications submitted by 11 January will be voted on by the BOD at their 22 February meeting - westpointaog.org/membership.
* I am aware that there is a Founders Day Planning Packet available to me in the Society Leader Toolkit - westpointaog.org/foundersdayplanning.
* I am aware that travel of USMA guest speakers is funded by USMA. Societies typically cover the cost of local lodging and the Founders Day meal.
* I am aware that the Gift Shop at the Association of Graduates carries a selection of Founder's Day items online at westpointgiftstore.com/special-events-founders-day and, with time, can also provide customized items for our needs.
Comments. Please include any additional information in regards to your Societies Founders Day (you are limited to 255 characters/spaces).