Family Day & Graduation Update:

April 27, 2020 8:36pm

MCRD San Diego continues to employ force health protection actions and safeguarding essential personnel to ensure we can accomplish our missions. This includes closing access to the installation for non-essential personnel and families to safeguard the health of recruits and training personnel. Public recruit graduation week events have been modified until the risk of COVID-19 has decreased nationally. Confirmed and high-risk potential patients of COVID-19 are currently in quarantine, and we are closely following all guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Nonessential personnel have been granted the authority to telework to ensure our mission of “Making Marines” can continue. As recruits arrive to the depot in the future, they will enter a staging period of 14 days during which they will be medically screened, monitored and provided classes to prepare and orient them to begin recruit training. All of this will occur before they step onto our iconic yellow footprints and make that memorable move toward earning the title Marine. Current planning and execution remain fluid as the situation continues to evolve.

The health and well-being of recruits, recruiting and training personnel, and their families remain our primary concern. We are keeping our personnel well informed regarding protective actions to minimize transmission, and the state-of-the art Navy medical testing capabilities are being used. Your recruits remain our top priority, and they are in good hands.

The Department of Defense has extended the travel ban until 30 June. This restriction will be reviewed every 15 days by DoD personnel.
Graduations will remain closed to the public until further notice. If you are holding onto a reservation or making travel arrangements with a future graduation in mind based on the initial travel ban, please understand that until there is a change in policy the public will not be allowed to attend. New Marines will continue to ship directly to the School of Infantry/Marine Combat Training after graduation.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate the pandemic together. When a change is made to base access allowances, graduations, or leave for new Marines, it will be shared officially on this page and the depot website.

We must all understand the importance of protecting the force and, as a Marine Corps, continue to be the “most ready when the nation is the least ready.”

Please be aware of the following:
– Graduation Events remain closed to the public.
– Graduating Marines will go directly to School of Infantry without leave.
– Graduation photos and video will be posted on this FB page at:

For the most current information on COVID-19 visit the following websites:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – 
What the U.S. Government is Doing –

Follow Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and monitor for official information.


0630 – 0900 Breakfast Buffet Begins The Bay View Restaurant
0830 Welcome Orientation Depot Theater
0900 Drill Instructors Brief Command Museum
0930 Motivational Run Command Museum
1030 Marine Corps 101 Depot Theater
1130 Company Commander’s Brief Depot Theater
1200 Liberty Formation Depot Theater
1220 – 1700 Depot Liberty (1800 during DST) MCRD San Diego
1100 – 1500 Liberty Lunch The Bay View Restaurant


The Bay View Restaurant
0630 – 0900
Optional event
Shuttle Stop

Price includes gratuity. Major credit cards are accepted.

Adults: $11.95
Children (ages 5-10): $7.95
Children ages 4 and under: Free


MCRD San Diego Command Museum

Here you will learn the do’s and don’ts for the day from MCRD’s Drill Instructors.


MCRD San Diego Command Museum

This is your first chance to see your new Marine. It is also the last time he will be together with his entire graduating company. To get the best photos remain in one place. The recruits will make two passes by your location.


MCRD San Diego Depot Theater

Join us at the Depot Theatre for an overview of Marine Corps history, customs, and courtesies as well as an in-depth look at resources and benefits available to your Marine worldwide! Don’t miss this presentation! Be part of your New Marines success!

Snacks, refreshments, and souvenirs are available to purchase outside the Depot Theater prior to the event.


MCRD San Diego Depot Theater

The final ceremony before your Marine is released for the afternoon. Come view the Marines form up for dismissal, and then give your Marine a big hug!


MCRD San Diego – New Marines cannot leave the Depot
1220 – 1700
(1220-1800 during DST)

It’s now that America’s newest Marines get to enjoy some well deserved time off from training. They can spend it aboard the depot watching a movie, going bowling, checking their email or just visiting with familiy and friends. Marines are welcome to explore the depot and shop at any of its facilities. Some of the favorite hangouts for new Marines and their families are the Exchange (mall), the Bay View Restaurant and the Recreation Center featuring Domino’s Pizza, video games and bowling.


The Bay View Restaurant
1100 – 1500

Everyone is invited and encouraged to meet their new Marine’s Drill Instructor. Say hello, take pictures or just give a heart felt thanks to the Drill Instructors for a job well done.

Price includes gratuity. Major credit cards are accepted. There is no sales tax on military installations. Indoor and outdoor dining available.

Adults: $16.95
Children (ages 5-10): $10.50
Children ages 4 and under: Free