Are you attending an upcoming MCRD Graduation or Family Day in San Diego? If so, that means you’re the proud parent of a soon-to-be Marine who just passed a grueling 13 week boot camp. Now it’s time to celebrate!
The MCRD’s 2 day graduation day ceremony consists of a Family Day, usually on a Thursday, followed by Graduation Day. There is no limit on the amount of friends and family that are allowed to come participate on both days so the more the merrier! While we all know that themain ceremony will take place on Graduation Day, what can you expect during Family Day Festivities?
It all starts with an optional family breakfast at The Bay View Restaurant at MCRD from 6 to 9 a.m. but keep in mind that your marine won’t be able to join you just yet. If you booked an affordable San Diego hotel near the MCRD with a complimentary hot breakfast you can always sleep in and attend the Drill instructor Brief at the Command Museum at 9:30 a.m. During the brief you will be informed of the day’s proceedings and on-base regulations. Finally, at 10:30 a.m. you get the first glimpse of your son or daughter during the Motivational Run, or “Moto Run”, at the Depot Theater. This run usually allows for some good photos so have the camera ready!
Afterwards you don’t want to miss the Welcome Orientation where parents and friends can meet drill instructors and watch a short film about the MCRD. With much anticipation Marines are finally released to mix and mingle with loved ones from 1 to 6 p.m. while enjoying a Liberty Lunch at the Bay View Restaurant.
Recruits aren’t able to leave the depot but there’s plenty to do on site! Guests can visit the MCRD museum, go shopping, and meet fellow marines and instructors. Come 6 p.m. recruits must return to their barracks to prepare for the next day’s graduation while family and friends need to head back to their budget hotel near the MCRD.
The Marina Inn is proud to be an MCRD hotel, located less than 3 miles from the recruiting base. We also offer military discounts to show our appreciation and gratitude for past and present military personnel. If you’re interested in booking a room for an upcoming MCRD graduation, call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to see how much money we can save you.