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 The Bay View Restaurant
0745 – 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


The Bay View Restaurant
0630 – 0900

A beautiful dining option to relax and plan your day. Your new Marine cannot join you for breakfast; he is still under the watchful eyes of the Drill Instructors.

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


Commanding General’s Headquarters
0745 – 0830
Optional event

Witness the daily raising of the flags aboard the Depot. Enjoy performances by Marine Band San Diego and the Color Guard. The ceremony will take place at the Commanding General’s Headquarters, located at the West end of the Parade Deck. Look for the building’s distinctive white turret.


Shepherd Memorial Drill Field Parade Deck
0830 – 0945

Please be in your seats no later than 9:45 AM.


Shepherd Field Parade Deck
1000 – 1200

Graduation marks the end of a Marine’s time in boot camp. It is his final dismissal and the culmination of his Recruit training. The graduation ceremony includes the graduating Marines, their Drill Instructors and other key training personnel.

The distinguished personnel present are the Depot’s Commanding General, the parade reviewing officer and the parade staff. Highlighted performances include the Marine Band San Diego and the Depot Mascot; an English Bulldog named Smedley Butler.

Marines line up by their platoon. If you know your Marine’s platoon number, look for signage near the Parade Deck with that number; your Marine will stand near there during the ceremony.


The Bay View Restaurant
1100 – 1400
Optional event

An optional event for visitors. Lunch menu service available.

The Bay View is known for impeccable service. Graduating Marines will receive a free meal!