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Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Eastern Recruiting Region

Parris Island, South Carolina
Graduation Information

Family Day & Graduation Ceremony

Family Day and graduation take place on the last two days of recruit training. Family Day occurs Thursday and gives new Marines a chance to see family and friends for the first time during on-base liberty. Graduation is conducted Friday in a formal ceremony, attended by family and friends.

All recruits are issued a graduation packet with the battalion commander’s graduation invitation letter sometime around week 9 of their 12-week training cycle. But please note, it is the recruits themselves who decide who they mail their graduation packets.

Parris Island personnel cannot inform you of the mailing status of a graduation packet or re-issue one.

Please be sure to confirm the graduation date of your recruit.

Visitors are requested to stop by the Douglas Visitors' Center upon arrival to check in. In order to allow time to identify which recruits have family or visitors waiting to see them, please sign in before 9:50 a.m. on Family Day.

To make reservations for Marine Corps Community Services events, visit www.parrisisland.eventbrite.com
For more information on MCCS events, visit The MCCS graduation week page.

Wednesday - Family Orientation Day at Parris Island

Time Event​
6 a.m. - 10 p.m. ​Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) open
6 a.m. - 6 p.m.​ ​Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) Food Court open
7 a.m. - 5 p.m. ​Engraving Shop open
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. ​Family Check-in at the Douglas Visitors' Center
​Java Café open (9 - 11:30 a.m.)
Visitors' Center Gift Shop open (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Marine Corps 101, including a "Behind the Scenes" tour, at Douglas Visitor's Center.*
Please check-in by 9:30 a.m. so we can begin seating the waitlist at 9:45 a.m.
​1:30 - 3 p.m. ​Family Orientation Brief at the Lyceum.
​5 - 8 p.m. ​Steak Night at Traditions. Reservations are required.
Call 843-228-1566 for details and reservations.
Please note your Marine will not be present.

*Register for MCCS events at: (www.parrisisland.eventbrite.com)

Thursday -- Family Liberty Day at Parris Island

Time Event​
6 a.m. - 4 p.m. Douglas Visitors' Center open. Please register upon arrival.
Java Café (6 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Visitors' Center Gift Shop open (6 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) open.
​6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) Food Court open.
​7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Engraving Shop open.
7 a.m. Motivational Run - Peatross Parade Deck and Boulevard de France.
​8 a.m. Depot Museum opens.
8 - 9 a.m. ​ Marine Corps 101 at Douglas Visitor's Center.*​
8:15 a.m.

All-Weather Training Facility (AWTF) opens.

9:30 - 10 a.m. Battalion commander’s brief to families & liberty ceremony (AWTF).
10 a.m. Liberty begins.
​10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Marksmanship Training Unit open house.
​10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Family Day Buffet at the Lyceum – new Marines eat for free!
​2 p.m. ​Warrior’s Prayer at the Recruit Chapel.
3 p.m. ​Liberty ends.
4 p.m. ​Meet & Greet with Depot Command at the Lyceum.
4:45 p.m. ​Family Night Dinner with Depot Command at the Lyceum.*

*Register for MCCS events at: (www.parrisisland.eventbrite.com)

Friday -- Graduation Day at Parris Island

Time Event​
6 a.m. - 2 p.m. Douglas Visitors' Center open.
Java Café (6 a.m. - noon)
Graduation Station (6 a.m.- noon)
6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) open.
7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) Food Court open.
7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Engraving Shop open.
7:45 a.m. Morning Colors flag raising ceremony at Barrow Hall.
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Graduation at Peatross Parade Deck.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch Buffet at Traditions restaurant.

*All times/locations subject to change.