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Welcome to your complete guide to graduations at San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot. This is an exciting time in the life of your Marine and we endeavor to provide you with the most comprehensive graduation information available for San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Graduation schedules and events are published below to aid you in scheduling your attendance at your Marine's graduation.  You will find many cost effective options for traveling to San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot.  You will be able to review the complete details on the many hotels available to meet your lodging needs.  The greater San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot area provides many options for dining ranging from fast food to full service restaurants.  Be sure to check out the information on the many attractions available for sight seeing.


San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot General Information

San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot is located on the west coast of California.  Click here for more information on air, bus, and train transportation for Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

Due to security measures that are implemented at San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot you may experience delays getting onto the base. Be sure to allow for extra time to make sure you arrive at the graduation event on time.

Family members and/or friends attending graduations that are arriving here by motorcycle must have in their possession a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Card. Without this card motorcyclists will NOT be allowed to ride on base.

During your recruit’s ninth week at San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Deport (MCRD), your recruit will send home an informational letter that contains very important information regarding graduation, including your recruit’s graduation date and the vehicle pass for the base.  

Documentation required to obtain a vehicle pass if not obtain in advance for entrance into San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot:

  • Drivers license
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Motorcycle Safety Foundation Card (if arriving by motorcycle)

What to wear to a graduation ceremony?  Your Marine will be dressed in a seasonal service uniform and military guests are asked to either wear their service equivalent or dress uniform.  Conservative attire is recommended for the civilian guests.


There are no animals allowed at the Graduation. The only exception is for service animals. Cell phones are not allowed in use while driving unless you have a hands free connection. The fine for using cell phones without hands free is $50.00 and $25.00 processing fee. Seat belts are required and strictly enforced.

Marines marching at San Diego MCRD

San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot Graduation Schedule

Basic Training graduations from the Marines are conducted every Friday.  For complete graduation details and schedule of events please click here.

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