Family Meet & Greet Dinner
We understand that graduation is a very special event for new Marines and their families. In line with Center for Disease Control’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, we ask that if you are actively sick with a cough or fever, or have been in contact with a suspected case of COVID-19, you not attend graduation or its associated events aboard the Depot. Thousands of family members visit the Depot for graduation weekly, so your decision would be in the interest of public health and the health of our recruit population. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s information page, the NMCPHC information page, and the DOD information page. Links are provided below:
March 19, 2020 11:00am.
In accordance with the direction from the Commandant of the Marine Corps, the standard 10 day leave period granted to new Marines after graduation has been suspended to limit the new Marines exposure to COVID-19. This order is to protect Marines, their families, Civilian Marines, and families from further exposure to COVID-19. Following graduation at MCRD San Diego, all new Marines will immediately report to the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton where they will begin the next phase of their training. Upon completion of that training they will continue onto their next unit or additional formal schooling as required. This suspension of leave will continue for the foreseeable future, and could be extended past May 11, 2020. Marines currently on leave will report to the School of Infantry on schedule.
All Meet and Greet Dinners are cancelled through May 6th. Refunds will be issued to those who have purchased tickets.
We must all understand the importance of protecting the force and, as a Marine Corps, continue to be the “most ready when the nation is the least ready.”
Please be aware of the following:
– There are ZERO confirmed cases of COVID-19 at MCRD SD.
– Graduation Events remain closed to the public.
– Graduating Marines will go directly to School of Infantry without leave.
– Graduation photos and video will be posted on this FB page at:
For the most current information on COVID-19 visit the following websites:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) –
What the U.S. Government is Doing –
New Marine Family Meet & Greet
Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA
Every Graduation Week - Wednesdays, 5-8PM
An evening hosted at the Bay View Restaurant every Wednesday before Boot Camp Graduation. It is a chance to mingle with other new Marine families, meet the Senior Drill Instructors, relax on the beautiful bay on MCRD and get a sneak peek slide show of the crucible of the graduating class.
1700-1755: Social Hour
1800: Seated for Dinner
1800-1830: Welcome Announcements and Introduction of Drill Instructors
1830-2000: Dinner Buffet
What does the price of the dinner get me?
A three entree buffet to include pasta, chicken and beef with dessert. Formal introduction of the Senior Drill Instructors of the graduating company, an insiders insight to the graduation events and expectations, running slideshow of the graduating class sweating out the crucible, and the "Salty Dog Award."
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is ample parking at the Bay View Restaurant. You may also utilize Hotel shuttle service or Taxi service. Your paid reservation puts your name on our guest list for base access. All guests arriving in the same vehicle must have valid ID ready to show the guards. Please enter base through GATE 5.
Will my New Marine be present at this dinner?
No. This event is a time to meet other New Marine families as well as the Drill Instructors. New Marines are not released to see families until noon on Thursday.
Can I reserve tickets over the phone?
No, all tickets must be prepaid and purchased online only at
Can I purchase tickets the day of the event?
Only if the event has not sold out. Guests must prepay and purchase tickets online at
Can I get a refund in the event my New Marine's Graduation date is moved or if someone in my party cannot attend?
Yes. We require 24 hours notice. Please call 619-725-6478 and we can issue a full refund.
What are my options if the event sells out?
Dinner requires advanced reservations online. We start a wait list for dinner when the registration opens up at 1630 the day of the event. You must be here in person to be put on a waitlist.
What is the dress code for event?
Are children under 5 allowed?
Yes, children under 5 years of age are welcome to join and are free.
When is the latest date I can make reservations?
Please reserve your tickets online no later than 11AM the day before the event. Though we recommend you reserve online as soon as possible as most dinners sell out.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Call the Bay View Restaurant, at 619.725.6388
Hours of Operation are: Tuesday-Friday 0900-1700 & Saturday 0900-1500
*Due to the high volume of calls received. Calls may be returned up to 48 hours later.
The email address associated with the eventbrite site is not an active email address. Please do not send any emails. For any questions, please call 619.725.6388