Graduation Day

Semper Fi! 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, CA - Graduation

The Process: Each Marine will mail graduation entry tickets to the 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. Read full article.

*Cover image is of Hailey, left, and Jacob Knowlton pose for a family photo with their sister after Hailey’s graduation from Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Jacob and Hailey are twins and serve together in the Marine Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jennifer Martinez. Graduation images and details are adopted from MCCS MCRD.

MCRD Parris Island - Graduation

Family Day & Graduation Ceremony
Family Day and graduation take place on the last two days of recruit training. Family Day occurs Thursday and gives new Marines a chance to see family and friends for the first time during on-base liberty. Graduation is conducted Friday in a formal ceremony, attended by family and friends.

All recruits are issued a graduation packet with the battalion commander’s graduation invitation letter sometime around week 9 of their 12-week training cycle. But please note, it is the recruits themselves who decide where they mail their graduation packets.

Visitors should stop by the Douglas Visitors' Center upon arrival to check in. In order to allow time to identify which recruits have family or visitors waiting to see them, please sign in before 9:50 a.m. on Family Day.

Wednesday - Family Orientation Day at Parris Island
6 a.m. - 10 p.m. ​Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) open
6 a.m. - 6 p.m.​ ​Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) Food Court open
7 a.m. - 5 p.m. ​Engraving Shop open
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. ​Family Check-in at the Douglas Visitors' Center
​Java Café open (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
Visitors' Center Gift Shop open (7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Marine Corps 101, including a "Behind the Scenes" tour, at Douglas Visitor's Center.*
Please check-in by 9:30 a.m. so we can begin seating the waitlist at 9:45 a.m.
​1:30 - 2:30 p.m. ​Family Orientation Brief at the Douglas Visitors' Center.
2 - 5 p.m. ​Late lunch at Traditions (pub menu available).
*Register for Family Day events

Thursday -- Family Liberty Day at Parris Island
6 a.m. - 4 p.m. Douglas Visitors' Center open. Please register upon arrival.
Java Café (6 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Visitors' Center Gift Shop open (6 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) open.
​6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) Food Court open.
​7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Engraving Shop open.
7 a.m. Motivational Run - Peatross Parade Deck and Boulevard de France.
​8 a.m. Depot Museum opens.
8:15 a.m.
All-Weather Training Facility (AWTF) opens.

9:30 - 10 a.m. Battalion commander’s brief to families & liberty ceremony (AWTF).
10 a.m. Liberty begins.
​10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Marksmanship Training Unit open house.
​10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Bunker open.
​10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Family Day Buffet at Traditions – no registration required!
​2 p.m. ​Warrior’s Prayer at the Recruit Chapel.
3 p.m. ​Liberty ends.
4 p.m. ​Meet & Greet with Depot Command at Traditions.
(Please note your Marine will not be present.)
4:30 p.m. ​Command welcome remarks
4:45 p.m. ​Family Night Dinner with Depot Command at Traditions. Attendees must register for a table beforehand at

Friday -- Graduation Day at Parris Island
6 a.m. - noon Douglas Visitors' Center open.
Java Café (6 a.m. - noon)
Graduation Station (6:30 a.m.- noon)
6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) open.
6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) Food Court open.
7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Engraving Shop open.
7:45 a.m. Morning Colors flag raising ceremony at Barrow Hall.
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Graduation at Peatross Parade Deck.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch Buffet at Traditions restaurant.

*All times/locations subject to change.
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