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Graduation at MCRD San Diego

Becoming a member of the elite Marine Corps is an honored decision. The process of completing the tasks required to become a United States Marine Corps Officer are not a walk in the park. It takes dedication, passion, and persistence and is a decision that should be supported and celebrated by friends and family.

If you are attending a Marine Graduation at the MCRD in San Diego, there are some important things that friends and family members should know before heading to the event. First, keep in mind that the recruit depot is still a working military base even during graduation. Make sure that you do not walk on the parade deck, stay on the sidewalks and keep your volume to a minimum as there will be individuals working and training at the recruit depot.

On Graduation day, there will be a breakfast buffet available from 6:30 am to 9am. This optional event will be held at the Bay View restaurant and is a great time for families to relax and plan the rest of their day. Unfortunately, your recruit will still be working for their Drill Instructor and will not be able to join you for breakfast. The Bay View will also host a hot buffet lunch after graduation. Prices for both events are affordable and additional discounts will be provided to recent marine graduates.

Other events prior to graduation include the Color Ceremony which is another optional event. As the sun rises, you can enjoy performances by the Marine Color Guard. Following, families and friends will be asked to find their seats and prepare for the final graduation ceremony.

If you are having trouble finding your Marine, try calling their cell phone. They are allowed to have their cell phone on them during graduation, otherwise known as family day, so that they can be more easily located.

For more information about this special and memorable day, contact the Marina Inn MCRD San Diego hotel. Each month we welcome friends and families of new marine graduates and offer discounted hotel rates as well as discounts for active and retired military. We also have a variety of hotel deals that go on throughout the year so be sure to ask the Reservation Manager about current discounts when making your reservation. Located just a few minutes from the MCRD, guests love our close proximity and prime downtown location.

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