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Graduation Info 2017-05-23T14:18:55+00:00

MCRD San Diego Graduation Activities and Events


Welcome Marine Corps Family and Friends!

We encourage you to check this website regularly for up to date information on graduation week activities and events. During the days leading up to graduation, you will have the opportunity to meet your new Marine’s Drill Instructor, discover the history and culture of the Marine Corps, spend time with your Marine, and learn what happens “Beyond the Yellow Footprints.”

What these young men experience at MCRD San Diego during recruit training changes them forever. Thank you for your support to them throughout this process. It is with great pleasure and pride that we welcome you to the United States Marine Corps family, and we look forward to seeing you and sharing the joy and celebration of graduation with you.

Marine Corps Community Services
MCRD San Diego

Images of Drill Instructors

Wednesday Night

This is an evening hosted at the Bay View Restaurant, every Wednesday before Boot Camp Graduation. It is a chance to mingle with other new Marine families, meet the Drill Instructors and relax on the beautiful bay on MCRD.

1700 – 2000
New Marine Family Meet & Greet
The Bay View Restaurant

Family Day Schedule

0600 – 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

Graduation Day Schedule

0600 – 0900 Breakfast Buffet The Bay View Restaurant
0800 – 0830 Color Ceremony Commanding General’s Headquarters
0830 – 0945 Graduation Seating Shepherd Field Parade Deck
1000 – 1200 Graduation Ceremony Shepherd Field Parade Deck
1100 – 1400 Lunch Menu Service The Bay View Restaurant

To request American Sign Language (ASL) services, please contact MCRD Protocol Office at 619-524-8707/8710. Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least 3-4 weeks prior to arrival for Family Day and Graduation Events.

Wheelchair rentals are not available at MCRD San Diego. For information about base lodging, please click here or call 619-524-4401.

MCRD San Diego Graduation brochure
Complimentary Padres Tickets for Graduating Marines
Family Day & Graduation Day Schedule of Events


For more specific information regarding recruits or platoons contact RTR at:
Primary: 619-524-8661
Secondary: 619-524-1777
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 0800-1600