Information Regarding MCRD Graduation
Graduation marks an important milestone for new Marines and hallmarks their crowning achievement of becoming a part of the United States Armed Forces. In San Diego, proud families attend the special graduation ceremony of their new Marines throughout the year at the MCRD. For friends and family coming to San Diego to attend their Marine’s graduation, here is some information to keep in mind.
MCRD Marine Graduation is a two day event comprising of a Family Day and the actual day of graduation. It is during Family Day that families are united with their Marine for the first time since training commenced. On Family Day, marines will get their cell phones back so family members are encouraged to call their Marine to coordinate a meeting spot.
Most Marine graduations are held on Friday mornings at 10am and end by 11am. A Marine’s graduation date is determined by the company and platoon they were in during Boot Camp. Some graduations may be changed to either Wednesday or Thursday in the event of a holiday. Friends and family will be provided with this information ahead of time to ensure there is enough time to plan accordingly.
To get the best seat at graduation, family members are encouraged to arrive at MCRD by 8:30am. MCRD graduation visitors are only allowed to enter through Gate #5 on Washington Street and every visitor must show a valid I.D. On the depot grounds, there is also a shuttle available to take graduation guests to locations throughout MCRD. The red colored shuttle bus runs every 20 minutes between the popular locations of the recreation center, museum flag pole, the mall and the Bay View Restaurant.
Plan Accordingly for Marine Graduation
When looking for an affordable hotel near MCRD San Diego, Marine families prefer the Pacific Inn. Our central downtown location places guests within minutes of the recruiting depot, the airport as well as the fun and exciting downtown district. It is important to keep in mind that Marine graduation brings in about 500-600 families and hotel accommodations book up quickly. To reserve a room or suite, contact a Reservation Manager today.