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 Graduation

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


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. 

Recruit Families – We are proud to begin a prudent and disciplined reopening of graduation ceremony with a limited number of guests. In line with CDC guidelines, access to the installation for graduation will be restricted to (2) guests per graduating Marine.

A little bit of motivation from MCRD San Diego!

The Process: Each Marine will mail graduation entry tickets to the (2) 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.

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.

Please be aware and consider any LIVE STREAM advertisement for MCRD San Diego Graduation as Fraudulent. We do not post graduations LIVE. 

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‘‡

Three Phases of Recruit Graduation

May 7th -31st grad dates are in phase (1) of the proposed reopen timeline.

βœ… Phase (1) includes:

  • 2 invited visitors per Marine
  • Friday only events
  • Liberty with family on Friday
  • No leave granted for the new Marines

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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