Graduation Activities and Events

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: https://www.facebook.com/mcrdsd/.

For the most current information on COVID-19 visit the following websites:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – https://www.coronavirus.gov 
What the U.S. Government is Doing – https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus
CDC.GOV https://cdc.gov/coronavirus

Follow Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and monitor https://www.mcrdsd.marines.mil/ for official information.

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

NOTIFICATION: 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 Federal law.  A medical marijuana card does not authorize possession of marijuana aboard MCRD San Diego. Contraband will be seized and offenders may be cited and denied entry.

Family Meet and Greet Dinner

Mobility Equipment Rentals

Mobility equipment is available to rent during your visit at MCRD San Diego. Equipment quantities are limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Available starting at 0700 Graduation Week Thursdays and Fridays.
Located at Guest Services
Bldg. 16, MCX Mall

PRICES (all prices are per single day rental):
Stroller                                           $  8.00
Double Stroller                              $12.00
Wheelchair                                     $15.00
Electric Convenience Vehicle         $30.00

Exclusions and conditions apply; see terms & conditions for details.

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.

For information about base lodging, please click here or call 619-524-4401.