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MCRD Parris Island - Family Day & Graduation


MCRD Parris Island - Family Day & Graduation

Photo Credit: Official USMC Photo, 4/23/2009 by Cpl. Erik S. Anderson

This group is for discussions about general topics relating to Family Day & Graduation at MCRD Parris Island, on the OpSEC Compliant, Inc. Marine Family Network Community.



Members: 727
Latest Activity: Jan 17

Welcome to the MCRD Parris Island Family Day & Graduation Group!

For more information specific to graduations at Parris Island, please see:

Discussion Forum


Started by megarah. Last reply by megarah Nov 4, 2016. 9 Replies

Weather/Floods going to affect Oct 23rd Graduation PI?

Started by Kerri Butler. Last reply by Kerri Butler Oct 5, 2015. 2 Replies

How Much time to allow to get out after graduation ceremony

Started by Kerri Butler. Last reply by 1014hernandez Sep 30, 2015. 11 Replies

Moto Run / Graduation signs to hold up??

Started by Kerri Butler. Last reply by Kerri Butler Sep 30, 2015. 11 Replies

Graduation 6 November

Started by thibat00. Last reply by thibat00 Sep 29, 2015. 4 Replies

Travel Arrangements for Graduation 11/20/15

Started by 1014hernandez. Last reply by 1~Keri (HCC) Sep 2, 2015. 5 Replies

best place to stay in PI

Started by Kim Aikey. Last reply by mandmsmom (Deborah) Feb 22, 2015. 2 Replies

recruit dress blues vs service uniform?

Started by Sara. Last reply by Tennessee Top Feb 14, 2015. 4 Replies

Graduation- motivational run

Started by Aacssc. Last reply by LazyK-Chyn Oct 14, 2014. 17 Replies

graduation October questions

Started by mamabear (Rebecca). Last reply by Wopahoe Sep 3, 2014. 8 Replies

Family Orientation Day

Started by Erin Kemp. Last reply by Momma Hen (Susan) Sep 2, 2014. 11 Replies

Graduation seating question

Started by jarhead1970. Last reply by jarhead1970 May 6, 2014. 3 Replies

Handicapped seating?

Started by Beth. Last reply by Beth Apr 4, 2014. 2 Replies

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Comment by Trigirl53 on November 6, 2016 at 6:22am
Hello everyone!
Just checking in to see how you all are doing!!
I can hardly believe that our Graduation trip is coming up on Tuesday!! I'm not certain if the time has flown by or dragged on...but I can tell you, for certain, that you all here have made all the difference in the world :) Thankyou from the bottom of my heart!! <3 Hugs!
Comment by 1~Keri (HCC) on December 29, 2015 at 10:35pm
The graduation experience is great isn't it!! Hope your Marine is enjoying his PDS and liking his job (MOS).

My best wishes for your other son through his recruit training. The boot groups are a little different now than what you experienced going through with your first.
See the Battalion groups for each Company group. (Graduation Groups for MCRD San Diego):

Has he shipped yet or still enjoying time at home with him? Remember, there is the Poolee group too to prepare him and you. I'm sure big brother shares his advice too.
Comment by Aurora on December 29, 2015 at 6:48pm
We had a great time at our new Marine's graduation! Thanks to MFN for all the information and support!
My son had relayed very little info to me before he left (I live in a different state) and I was totally confused and new to the whole thing.
Thanks again!
Now his brother has joined and this time we will go to San Diego. Something new to learn :)
Comment by marinestepson on February 22, 2015 at 9:54am

Our marine graduated in December 2014 and we stayed at the Days Inn.  It was nice but we picked it because it was about 5 minutes - a straight shot - to get to Parris Island.  We ate at Carolina Tavern - a little expensive but worth the money.  Hope this helps.   

Comment by 1~ksMarinemom (Kerin) on October 4, 2014 at 3:02pm


Here is a couple of links you can look at.


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Comment by PoPo244 on October 4, 2014 at 2:02pm
Thank you so much. Do you know what time the motivational run is??? Don't want to miss a thing!
Comment by LazyK-Chyn on October 3, 2014 at 10:17pm

Wednesday is a family orientation day, you will NOT see your Marine or be able to make contact with them. Thursday is Family day, and Friday is Graduation. Gates open at 6am Thursday and Friday not sure about Wednesday. Many use Wednesday to make a "dry run" to get the lay of the depot and see how long it takes to get from their hotel to PI. Go early Thursday and Friday you wont regret it and be prepared to be impressed beyond words.

Comment by PoPo244 on October 3, 2014 at 10:03pm
This is probably getting harder to answer son graduates Oct 24th. We are from upstate NY, plan on driving to arrive the Tuesday before. We aren't going to miss anything are we???? Getting concerned as much as excited!!
Comment by Joseph on September 13, 2014 at 9:29am
Newmarinemom, my son went in the same time in august of last year. He was also in 2nd rct B, pltn 2093. I waited until Oct to book my hotel, flight aND car. It was an amazing graduatuon. Try to go for the three days. My son took us to the yellow footprints and the depot . You are not allowed in there. BUT He Stood OUT side THE Door IN His CAMO outfit. In between the marine logo. Makes for an awesome picture!! We were the same way didn't know what to expect. Here's my experience, don't worry make your plans and get to the depot early, especially the run!! That's cool!! And just go with the flow and enjoy. It's a memorable experience. Who is his drill instructor? You have not probably heard from him yet. My son was Sgt staggs..
Now my son is stationed in japan for two years. Been there for a month. He likes it alot. Best of luck. Semper fi
Comment by LazyK-Chyn on September 13, 2014 at 9:24am

good morning newmarinemom

it is recommended that you don't book your plane until about 4 weeks prior to graduation. make sure of the airlines cancellation/change policy. you might want to consider purchasing the travel insurance. as for hotels most have relaxed cancellation/change fees if notified early.again be sure to check your specific hotels policy.

here is a discussion group specific to supporters of Parris Island November 21 graduation


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