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 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!