There are a wide variety of events in the months and days leading up to the commissioning ceremony itself. Starting with a kick-off event in mid-November, there will be a series of presentations given by the Commissioning committee to educate the community about the ship, her namesake and her role in the Operational Fleet.
Once the ship arrives in Key West (the week prior to the commissioning), there are multiple receptions and crew/community events. Invitations for the receptions are generally part of the donation process.
The ceremony itself is open to the public, by invitation only. The invitation
process will be published well in advance of the commissioning date.