MCRD Parris Island

It’s graduation week! While the anticipation for reunion is undoubtedly high, it’s important to remember your Marine still has a few final tasks to complete before officially becoming a United States Marine.

Prepare for Liftoff

Before graduation, your recruit will tackle essential administrative tasks, including learning smart financial management to navigate their upcoming responsibilities. Additionally, seasoned veterans, known as legacy speakers, will share invaluable insights and wisdom, guiding your recruit as they embark on their exciting journey as a Marine.

Motivational Run/Family Day

Graduation week family events begin Thursday morning with the iconic motivational run, followed by the heartfelt Family Day. This cherished opportunity allows newly minted Marines to reconnect with loved ones after weeks of training. Families can expect to learn about the recruits’ experiences, hear from the battalion commander, and explore the training grounds alongside their proud Marine. 
Learn more about Family Day and graduation on the Marine Corps Facebook page. You can also download the Family Day app from Google Play or the App Store.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Grawcock)

Grad Day

Graduation week culminates on Friday morning’s official ceremony, recognizing all Marines who conquered the challenging 12-week boot camp experience. While not everyone may attend in person, a live stream will be available on the Marine Corps Facebook page for those unable to be there.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Grawcock)

The feeling you get when you see your new Marine for the first time will be more than you could ever imagine. They’ve accomplished a lot and you should be proud of their achievements. Don’t worry, the week will go by quickly, and you’ll see them in no time. For those headed to graduation, safe travels. I wish your Marine the best of luck throughout their career in the Marine Corps.

On behalf of all of us at Sandboxx, congratulations! 

I am Sgt. Maj. Paul Davis, and thank you for allowing me to be part of you and your Marine’s journey. Welcome to the Marine Corps family!

Semper Fidelis,
Sgt. Maj. Paul Davis
USMC, Retired