Image of graduating recruits during motivation run on Family Day.


Time Event Location
0630 MCRD San Diego opens for
graduation visitor access
Gate 5
(Washington St.)
0830 Welcome Orientation Depot Theater
0915 Warm Up Shepherd Field
(Parade Deck)
0930 Motivational Run Shepherd Field
(Parade Deck)
1015 Marine Corps 101 Depot Theater
1100 Company Commander’s Brief Depot Theater
1130 Liberty Formation Depot Theater
Depot Liberty  
Depot Liberty  


Family Day Breakfast

Breakfast items is available for purchase at the following locations:

  • Bay View Express (Depot Theater): 0700-1000
  • Marine Mart (MCX Mall): 0600-2000
  • The Common Grounds Cafe (Bldg 10): 0600-1500

Welcome Orientation

MCRD San Diego Depot Theater

Learn about what options (Dine, Shop, Play) will be available to you during Depot Liberty and “Beyond the Yellow Footprints” presented by your Senior Drill Instructor.

Motivational Run

Shepherd Field (Parade Deck)
0930 (warm ups begin at 0915)

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.

Marine Corps 101

MCRD San Diego Depot Theater

Join 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.

Liberty Formation

MCRD San Diego Depot Theater

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!

Depot Liberty

MCRD San Diego – New Marines cannot leave the Depot
1145 – 1700
(1145-1800 during DST)

It’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.

Liberty Lunch

The Bay View Restaurant
1100 – 1400

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.

Price includes gratuity. Major credit cards are accepted. There is no sales tax on military installations. Indoor and outdoor dining available.

Adults (ages 12+): $18.95
Children (ages 5-11): $12.95
Children ages 4 and under: Free

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