Marine Corps Community Services | MCRD San Diego
Graduation Day 2017-12-05T13:20:15+00:00


0600 – 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
0600 – 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: $9.95
Children (ages 4-11): $5.95
Children under age 4: 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!

MCRD San Diego Graduation brochure
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