U.S. Marine Corps open up Graduations

Semper Fi family and friends! MCRD San Diego and Parris Island have started to open up recruit graduations to family members. Recruit graduation is a tradition enjoyed by families and friends. The culmination of weeks of training finally ends and recognizes our newest warfighters.

MCRD San Diego Recruit graduations are reopen for a limited amount of guests. You will need to receive an invitation (ticket) from your recruit in order to attend. Once you receive your ticket please register on EventBright.

SCHEDULE (see details)

Recruit Families & Friends – In line with CDC guidelines, access to the installation for graduation will be restricted to (4) guests per graduating Marine.

The Process: Each Marine will mail graduation entry tickets to the (4) guests they choose and confirm the receipt of the tickets via telephone on training day 54. The guests must register for the graduation using the unique Eventbrite website address located on their ticket. After registration, each guest must present their ticket on graduation day to enter the installation. Each ticket will provide valid entry for (1) guest.

Please follow the link for more information and scheduling of graduation events.
https://www.mcrdsd.marines.mil/ and MCCS at http://www.mccsmcrd.com/gradinfo-covid-19/

Graduation Day: Each guest will arrive at Gate 5 of MCRD San Diego (W Washington St & Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92110, Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92110), and present their original entry ticket during a vehicle search. Guests may begin arriving at 6:30 a.m., and will enter search lanes that correspond with the LAST NAME of their graduating Marine. Guests must have a temperature below 100 degrees F to enter the installation. Facial coverings will be mandatory while on the installation, and strict social distancing will be expected.

After graduation, new Marines will be granted a period of on-base liberty until 5:00 p.m. to spend time with their families. Services aboard depot will be open, with max capacity restrictions, for guests and new Marines to include: the command Museum, food sales, and retail sales. A full list is available at: http://www.mccsmcrd.com/gradinfo-covid-19/.

Guests will depart MCRD San Diego no later than 5:30 p.m. New Marines will continue to go directly to their next duty station at Camp Pendleton without leave. Guests are strongly urged to reconsider attending graduation if they are actively sick with a cough or fever, or have been in contact with a suspected case of COVID-19. We continue to urge precautions to ensure force health protection as vaccinations increase nationwide. Graduation will still be available online. Please stay tuned with our social media applications and website.

Please be aware and consider any LIVE STREAM advertisement for
MCRD San Diego Graduation as Fraudulent.

We do not post graduations LIVE. the graduation video will be posted here on our website at 1630 on Friday.

0600 – 0900 Breakfast Buffet The Bay View Restaurant

0745 – 0830 Color Ceremony Commanding General’s Headquarters

0830 – 0945 Graduation Seating Shepherd Field Parade Deck

1000 – 1100 Graduation Ceremony Shepherd Field Parade Deck

1100 – 1400 Lunch Menu Service The Bay View Restaurant (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-daygraduation-lunch-2021-tickets-149789912661)

Recruit graduations are scheduled to reopen for a limited amount of guests beginning with Charlie Company on April 22, 2021.Β 

A little bit of motivation from MCRD San Diego!


Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

South Carolina Marine Graduates

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., will allow limited access to morning colors/graduations beginning May 7, 2021 as part of a gradual approach to reopen the depot completely to visitors. Shifts in policy will be conditions-based, not time-based.

Starting May 7, access to graduations will be limited to the following: those who work or live aboard the depot, command approved visitors, and two visitors per each graduating Marine. The two visitors will be chosen by the graduating Marine and notified by their Marine approximately two weeks prior to graduation.

Visitors to the depot must abide by COVID-19 mitigation measures in place aboard the depot to include: wearing a face mask, social distancing between family groups and adhering to occupancy limits at installations aboard the base. Visitors not abiding by these regulations may be asked to depart the depot.

Visitors are asked to remain at home if they display COVID-19 symptoms or have had close-contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Approved visitors attending graduation acknowledge that they do so at their own risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Check out what graduation looks like! MCRD Parris Island.

Approved visitors may start arriving at the depot beginning at 5 a.m. on Friday and must utilize the random vehicle inspection gate to enter the base. Signage will indicate the correct gate to use. Photo identification is required to enter the depot.

Graduations typically occur from 9 .a.m. – 10 a.m. Newly graduated Marines will have base liberty immediately after graduation until 4 p.m. Visitors are required to depart the depot no later than 5 p.m. Marines will continue to ship directly to The School of Infantry until otherwise stated. See Graduation Phases fo additional on-base liberty below πŸ‘‡

Phases of MCRD Parris Island Recruit Graduation

June 1st-30th grad dates are in phase (2)

βœ… Phase (2) includes:

  • 4 invited visitors per Marine
  • Thursday and Friday events
  • Liberty with family on Thursday and Friday
  • No leave granted for the new Marines

July 1st grad dates begin phase (3)

βœ… Phase (3) includes:

  • Unlimited number visitors per Marine
  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday events
  • Liberty with family on Thursday and Friday
  • No leave granted for the new Marines

βœ… General info:

  • All guests will be required to wear masks and social distance.
  • Marines are not getting leave after boot camp until further notice.
  • The MOTO Run is included in phases 2 & 3.
  • New Marines are still shipping to SOI on the Saturday after graduation.

**Information adopted from Communication Strategy and Operations Office at MCRDPIMedia@usmc.mil

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