Family Day & Graduation Update:

March 16, 2020 6:15 p.m.

In accordance with the direction from the Commandant of the Marine Corps, the standard 10 day leave period granted to new Marines after graduation has been suspended to limit the new Marines exposure to COVID-19.  This order is to protect Marines, their families, Civilian Marines, and families from further exposure to COVID-19.  Following graduation at MCRD San Diego, all new Marines will immediately report to the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton where they will begin the next phase of their training.  Upon completion of that training they will continue onto their next unit or additional formal schooling as required.  This suspension of leave will continue for the foreseeable future, and could be extended past May 11, 2020. Marines currently on leave will report to the School of Infantry on schedule.

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:

–  There are ZERO confirmed cases of COVID-19 at MCRD SD.
– 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 –

* Twitter: @CDCgov,


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