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MCRD Graduation and Family Day Schedule


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San Diego takes pride in the fact that thousands of military men and women call this city home. In fact, every month hundreds of young men and women graduate from bootcamp right here in San Diego at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot near Downtown San Diego. The MCRD graduation ceremonies are an all-day affair to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the new marines. Many family members and friends fly from across the country and book a room at a cheap hotel near the MCRDto celebrate this monumental achievement.

After 13 weeks of physical, mental and emotional training your marine is finally graduating from arguably the toughest test of strength in the world. Aside from tears of joy, laughter and many sighs of relief, here’s what to expect during a typical MCRD Graduation Ceremony:

  • Most graduation dates are on a Thursday or Friday so expect to book a cheap hotel in San Diego for the extended weekend.
  • The 2-day ceremony consists of a Family Dayand Graduation Day.
  • Family Day starts with a breakfast buffet from 6:30 to 9 a.m., followed by an orientation, the Marine Corps Liberty Formations and then a lunch buffet from noon to 4:30 p.m.
  • The Graduation Day begins with a bay view breakfast buffet at 6:30 a.m., followed by the Colors Ceremony at 8 a.m., graduation seating at 8:30 a.m., the actual graduation ceremony from 10 a.m. to noon, and then a celebratory lunch until 1:30 p.m.
  • All visitors must enter the MCRD through gate #5 on graduation day, which will open at 6 a.m.

After all of the excitement and energy of the graduation it’s time to celebrate in San Diego! Your Marine has earned 10 days of leave before they’re assigned to a base, so don’t let this time go to waste. If you booked a budget hotel near Downtown San Diego, Little Italy and Old Town you’re in a prime location to easily access San Diego’s best. Try happy hour margaritas in Old Town, fine dining in Little Italy and bar hopping in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Still looking for a cheap hotel near San Diego’s major attractions and the MCRD? Try Pacific Inn Hotel less than 5 minutes from the MCRD and we offer discounts for military members to show our appreciation. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to ask us about our room availability and special MCRD rates.

Advance Booking

14 Days - 12% Off

7 Days - 10% Off

3 Days - 8% Off

Zoo & Seaworld Discount

15% OFF

With any purchase of
Zoo or Seaworld tickets

Weekday Discount

10% OFF

Stay any day
Sunday - Thursday

Other Discounts

10% OFF

AAA, Military, AARP
Other Package


Call: 619-232-6391
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