Preparing for Marine Corps Boot Camp Graduation at MCRD Parris Island can be very exciting, especially when you have accurate information regarding the schedule of activities, and thus know what to expect. Here’s all the information you need to know to make your trip to Marine Corps Boot Camp Graduation at MCRD Parris Island very rewarding. Before you know it your loved one will be a United States Marine and begin their journey in the world’s greatest Marine Corps.
Parris Island Graduation Dates 2019
*Graduation dates are subject to change based on the needs of the Command. You should check with your recruit before booking. We don’t accept any responsibility for these dates changing.
|Parris Island Ship Date||Parris Island Graduation Date|
Parris Island Graduation Events
Family Day Schedule of Events
|Family Day Event||Time|
|Motivational Run||7:00 AM|
|Marine Corps 101||8:00 – 9:00 AM|
|Battalion Commander’s Brief||9:30 – 10:00 AM|
|Family Day Buffet||10:30 AM – 1:00 PM|
|Liberty Ends||3:00 PM|
|Meet and Greet with the Depot Command||4:00 PM|
|Command Welcome Remarks||4:30 PM|
|Family Night Dinner with Depot Command||4:45 PM|
Graduation Day Schedule of Events
|Graduation Day Event||Time|
|Morning Colors Flag Raising Ceremony||7:45 AM|
|Marine Boot Camp Graduation||9:00 – 10:00 AM|
|Lunch Buffet||11:00 AM – 1:00 PM|
What is Marine Family Day
During Family Day, you will get the opportunity to learn more about what your Marine went through during boot camp, hear from the battalion commander, and have your Marine escort you around base showing you where they trained.
Sandboxx Tip: To avoid accidental knife-handing by your Marine, stay on their left side so they are free to salute with their right hand when passing higher-ranking Marines on base.
What to Wear to a Marine Graduation
Clothing can be casual for each day, but we recommend having a sweater or jacket for outside in case the weather takes a turn for the worse. Many families will wear custom t-shirts on graduation day that display their Marine’s name and platoon number. Although a momentous one, the occasion does not require formal wear, you’ll want to ensure that you put your best foot forward.
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Where to eat on base at MCRD Parris Island
MCRD Parris Island offers several restaurants, both casual and fast food. During Family Day, you will be able to visit the Exchange – the mall and food course on base– in addition to the bowling alley, which has a Subway, or Traditions, a family-friendly casual restaurant which is relatively affordable. There are pre-paid meals you can purchase, but I would recommend against this option. The portions are small and the food is rather simple. You are better to let your hungry Marine sniff their way to the food!
Getting on base at MCRD Parris Island
Most families will reserve a rental car for the occasion and can drive effortlessly on to the base. Each passenger over the age of 18 will be required to show a government-issued ID. The rental agreement will serve as your insurance, so don’t worry about bringing your personal insurance, but make sure you have this on hand if you’re driving your personal vehicle. Additionally, don’t purchase the additional insurance coverage from the rental agency, as your personal auto insurance will cover your rental
The feeling you get when you see your new Marine for the first time will be more than you could ever imagine. It is truly a special day and time to enjoy and celebrate with your Marine and family. There are many other questions you probably have, so please reach out to our Sandboxx Travel Team and ask away.
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Happy travels, and congratulations to you and your soon-to-be new Marine!