Top Things to know about Graduation

Pets are discouraged. Service animals are allowed.

Do not walk on the Parade Deck. The Parade Deck is sacred ground reserved for Marines. Stay on the sidewalks, keep off the grass and out of the streets. Remember, this is a working military installation.

Marine Corps Recuit Depot
3800 Chosin Avenue
San Diego, CA 92140

All visitor vehicles MUST enter through Gate #5 (Washington Street, exit off of highway 5 north or south).

Identification: Every person age sixteen and older is required to have a valid form of photo identification to gain access to the Depot. This ID must be kept on their person at all times. Acceptable forms of identification include: state issued identification cards, driver’s licenses, passports, military dependent identification cards, and school/work identification cards.

Driver’s License/Registration/Insurance: If you are driving a vehicle, ensure you have a driver’s license, vehicle registration card, and proof of insurance in your possession. Each of these items are required to be current and in a valid status. If you are unsure, contact your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles/Motor Vehicle Administration and they will assist you in determining the status of your driver’s license and registration.

Firearms/Weapons: All firearms and weapons are prohibited aboard MCRD San Diego.

Drugs: All controlled substances are prohibited aboard MCRD San Diego. Any person(s) found possessing a controlled substance or associated paraphernalia (i.e. smoking devices) will be found in violation of state and Federal law. A medical marijuana card does not authorize possession of marijuana aboard MCRD San Diego.

Personal affects will be given back to new Marines on Family Day. If he had a cell phone going into Boot Camp it will be returned at this time. Call him first.

If that doesn’t work, check the Bay View Restaurant. Almost every Marine goes here for the “Liberty Lunch” buffett.

Third, try locating him on the MCX, the mall of the Depot. The mall is located just opposite of Starbuck’s.

Lastly, the only thing you can do is look out for him. You are bound to run into him sometime.If you’re not shy, just start asking new Marines if they’ve seen him. All Marines graduating that day will have been in the same company.

Lodging on the depot for visitors, also known as Billeting, please call (619) 524-4401.

Please call David James Productions at (619) 725-6279.

USMC MCRD Police, also known as Provost Marshal, please call (619) 524-5246.

The last day of graduation typically ends by 1100. Flights scheduled for 1430 or later should allow for the ceremony and travel time.

There’ll be about 500-600 familes leaving the Depot on the last day of graduation. Factor this into your travel plans. Getting off the Depot takes anywhere from 10-20 minutes.

(800) 755-5670

SATO Travel arranges many of the new Marines flights home. When you book an airline reservation through SATO Travel, they can usually coordinate your air travel with your new Marines, based on the information you give them.

  • Old Town (withing walking distance of the Depot)
  • Hotel Circle
  • Pacific Beach (this is where the beaches are)
  • Point Loma
  • Downtown San Diego (Gaslamp District)

No big rigs are allowed. You have to find your own place to park them off base.

Military are encouraged to wear their uniforms. Civilians should dress in comfortable clothes and wear comfortable shoes. Wear sunscreen.

Every twenty (20) minutes the Bay View Restaurant shuttle bus travels between:

  • Recreation Center (Locker Room Bar and Grill)
  • Museum Flag Pole (On the Parade Deck)
  • Mall (right near the Marine Corps Store)
  • Bay View Restaurant
MCRD San Diego Graduation brochure
Complimentary Padres Tickets for Graduating Marines
Family Day and Graduation 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