Recruit Families Information
For families planning on visiting Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. This video provides a snapshot of base access requirements and the various amenities that are available to you upon arrival for Family Day and Graduation. Click here

Graduation Information Packet

MCRDSD Directions

Thursday Family Day (Family Day Dates may Change) 
0630 MCRD San Diego opens for graduation visitor access Gate 5 (Washington St.)
0815 Warm Up Shepherd Field (Parade Deck)
0830 Motivational Run Shepherd Field (Parade Deck)
0930 Welcome Orientation Depot Theater
0945 Marine Corps 101 Depot Theater
1030 Company Commander’s Brief Depot Theater
1045 Beyond the Yellow Footprints Depot Theater
1120 Liberty Formation + Dismissal Shepherd Field (Parade Deck)
1145-1730 Depot Liberty

Family Day Breakfast
Breakfast items is available for purchase at the following locations:
Bay View Express (Depot Theater): 0700-1100
Marine Mart (MCX Mall):
Monday - Friday: 0600-1900
Sat/Sun: 0800-1800
The Common Grounds Cafe (Bldg 10): 0600-1000

Motivational Run
Shepherd Field (Parade Deck)
0830 (warm ups begin at 0815)

This is your first chance to see your new Marine. It is also the last time they will be together with their entire graduating company. Seating will be available at the Parade Deck bleachers.

Thursday Family Day Welcome Orientation
MCRD San Diego Depot Theater 0930
Learn about what options (Dine, Shop, Play) will be available to you during Depot Liberty.
Marine Corps 101 MCRD San Diego Depot Theater 0945Join us at the Depot Theatre for an overview of Marine Corps history, customs, and courtesies as well as an in-depth look at resources and benefits available to your Marine worldwide! Don’t miss this presentation! Be part of your New Marines success!

Snacks, refreshments, and souvenirs are available to purchase outside the Depot Theater prior to the event.

Thursday Family Day Company Commander's Brief
MCRD San Diego Depot Theater 1030
Hear from your new Marine's Company Commander as they cover the four phases of Marine Corps Boot Camp training followed by "Beyond the Yellow Footprints" presented by your Senior Drill Instructor.

Thursday Family Day Liberty Formation
Shepherd Field (Parade Deck) 1120
The final ceremony before your new Marine is released for the afternoon. Come view the Marines form up for dismissal, and then give your Marine a big hug!

Thursday Family Day Depot Liberty
MCRD San Diego – New Marines cannot leave the Depot 1145 – 1730It’s now that America’s newest Marines get to enjoy some well deserved time off from training. They can spend it aboard the depot watching a movie, going bowling, checking their email or just visiting with family and friends. Marines are welcome to explore the depot and shop at any of its facilities. Some of the favorite hangouts for new Marines and their families are the MCX Mall, the Bay View Restaurant, and the Community Center featuring Domino’s Pizza, free arcade games and bowling.

Thursday Family Day Liberty Lunch
The Bay View Restaurant 1100 – 1500
Everyone is invited and encouraged to meet their new Marine’s Drill Instructor. Say hello, take pictures or just give a heartfelt thanks to the Drill Instructors for a job well done.

MCRD SD MCCS click here

Friday Marine Corps Graduation (Grad Dates may Change) 
0630              MCRD San Diego opens for graduation visitor access Gate 5 (Washington St.)
0730-0830    Color’s Ceremony Please be seated NLT 0730 Commanding General’s Bldg
0830-0945    Graduation Seating Please be seated NLT 0945 Shepherd Field
1000-1130    Graduation Ceremony Shepherd Field

Graduation Activities and Events
An evening hosted at the Bay View every Wednesday before Boot Camp Graduation. It is a chance to mingle with other new Marine families, meet the Senior Drill Instructors, relax on the beautiful bay on MCRD San Diego and get a sneak peek slide show of the crucible for the graduating class.

To purchase tickets for this event: click here

For official graduation information:

Mobility Equipment Rentals
Mobility equipment is available to rent during your visit at MCRD San Diego. Equipment quantities are limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Available starting at 0700 Graduation Week Thursdays and Fridays.
Located at Guest Services
Bldg. 16, MCX Mall
PRICES (all prices are per single day rental):
Single Stroller   
Double Stroller 
Electric Wheelchair        
Exclusions and conditions apply; see terms & conditions for details.
Mobility Equipment Rental Agreement Terms

American Sign Language (ASL) services
To request American Sign Language (ASL) services, please contact MCRD Protocol Office at Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least 3-4 weeks prior to arrival for Family Day and Graduation Events.

Información en español
Paquete de información de graduación en español
Enlace al Guía Virtual de Graduación grabado en

Objetos perdidos
Preguntas Frecuentes en Español

           Tuesday MCRD San Diego Graduation Guide (virtual)
           Virtual Family Day Presentation
           1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.
           10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PST

Have questions about what to expect for your upcoming trip to MCRD San Diego? Join us live on the first or 3rd Tuesday each month from 10:30AM – 12:00PM for a virtual presentation that will help prepare you.
To attend live, visit:
Passcode: family
Not able to attend a live virtual session? Checkout the pre-recorded session by visiting: