Marine Corps MCRD Parris Island Military Travel

Planning Your Trip To USMC Graduation: Parris Island

Whether your recruit has just left for Marine boot camp or is near the end of their training, graduation will be here before you know it. Planning your trip to Parris Island for Marine Corps boot camp graduation can be overwhelming. To make the process easier for you we’ve put together all you need to know and how to book your trip to Parris Island for Marine boot camp graduation.

What Airport To Fly Into For Parris Island Graduation

When it comes to deciding what airport to fly into for Parris Island’s graduation, you have a few different options. There is not a specific Parris Island airport, but the three nearest airports are:

SAV – Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

CHS – Charleston International Airport

HHH – Hilton Head Airport

The airport you choose to fly into is entirely up to you.  The Hilton Head Airport will be the nearest airport to Parris Island, but depending on flight times and your finances, Charleston International Airport (CHS) or Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) might be a better option for you. CHS is about an hour and a half drive to Parris Island, and SAV is just about an hour drive.

To get more information on the best day and times to fly view our post on how to book your flight to Parris Island for Marine boot camp graduation.

Parris Island Hotels

There are no hotel accommodations on Parris Island for families to stay at during graduation, but there are many options to choose from in the surrounding area. One thing to keep in mind is not all of the local hotels will offer shuttle service to and from the airport, as well as to Parris Island. You may need to look into renting a car while visiting for graduation.

View our post on booking hotels for graduation for more information on accommodations for Parris Island’s graduation.

Planning Your Trip To USMC Boot Camp Graduation

1. Find your recruits “Ship Date” and corresponding “Graduation Date”
2. Then click to reserve and book your hotel trip

For more help with travel, get in touch with Sandboxx Travel.

Parris Island Graduation Dates 2019

Parris Island Ship DateParris Island Graduation DateBooking Link
Sep-17-2018Dec-14-2018Reserve Now
Oct-9-2018Jan-4-2019Reserve Now
Oct-15-2018Jan-11-2019Reserve Now
Oct-29-2018Jan-25-2019Reserve Now
Nov-5-2018Feb-1-2019Reserve Now
Nov-13-2018Feb-8-2019Reserve Now
Nov-26-2018Feb-22-2019Reserve Now
Dec-3-2018Mar-1-2019Reserve Now
Dec-10-2018Mar-8-2019Reserve Now
Jan-2-2019Mar-29-2019Reserve Now
Jan-7-2019Apr-5-2019Reserve Now
Jan-14-2019Apr-12-2019Reserve Now
Jan-22-2019Apr-19-2019Reserve Now
Jan-28-2019Apr-26-2019Reserve Now
Feb-4-2019May-3-2019Reserve Now
Feb-19-2019May-17-2019Reserve Now
Feb-25-2019May-24-2019Reserve Now
Mar-4-2019May-31-2019Reserve Now
Mar-18-2019Jun-14-2019Reserve Now
Apr-1-2019Jun-28-2019Reserve Now
Apr-15-2019Jul-12-2019Reserve Now
Apr-22-2019Jul-19-2019Reserve Now
May-6-2019Aug-2-2019Reserve Now
May-20-2019Aug-16-2019Reserve Now
May-28-2018Aug-23-2019Reserve Now
Jun-3-2019Aug-30-2019Reserve Now
Jun-10-2019Sep-6-2019Reserve Now
Jun-17-2019Sep-13-2019Reserve Now
Jun-24-2019Sep-20-2019Reserve Now
Jul-8-2019Oct-4-2019Reserve Now
Jul-15-2019Oct-11-2019Reserve Now
Jul-22-2019Oct-18-2019Reserve Now
Jul-29-2019Oct-25-2019Reserve Now
Aug-5-2019Nov-1-2019Reserve Now

* All graduation dates are correct at the time of writing. All graduation dates are subject to change so please keep in contact with your recruit regarding travel plans. Special notice should be given to graduation dates that fall during public holidays which are marked in italics.

To learn more about the events that take place during graduation at Parris Island make sure to read our blog all about Marine Corps Boot Camp Graduation: MCRD Parris Island.


  1. When should I book the hotel for June 1st graduation? I would assume I have time but want to make sure I get what I need. May you also share pricing estimates for hotel stay for three nights so I can prepare?

  2. I think my son will graduate June 15..I’m not sure. He is in Delta Co. 1st Platoon. If anyone knows please let me know. I need to get my booking done for Me and five other people. Needing prices and dates. Thank you so much!!

    1. Hi, Denise. You will need to wait until your recruit has been assigned to a new platoon and then find out the Graduation Date for that Company and Platoon before you can schedule your Graduation Travel Plans. Thank you for using Sandboxx.

  3. My sons pickup and graduation date aren’t matching up to this list. He left May 28th, and I was told, and am still being told, his graduation date is August 24th. He’s Bravo Co, 1st RTBN

    1. Hi, Heather. Yes, your recruit should graduate on Aug. 24th. The shipping week does not count towards the 12 weeks of boot camp training. The first week starts after they’ve been picked up with their Company and Platoon. We hope this helps.

  4. Concerned recruit parent my son was 2 weeks in we got a call telling us he he had been set back 1 week we had his company and platoon # at the time of the phone call they told us his new company name but no platoon #I have no idea how to get the new platoon # we have sent letters to his old platoon # just don’t know if he is actually getting our letters we have not heard from him at all (this is frightening )I can’t imagine what he must be feeling like we don’t care enough to send him letters but he knows better than that sorry for such a spill but his mother and I (dad) are really worried any help with this would be so much appreciated thank you in advance

  5. Hello My sons Pick up date is not listed on here. He left june 25th. Can someone please tell me the graduation date? Platoon 2073 2nd rtbn

  6. My son left November 4th, I have not heard down him. I’m a bit concerned. I sent one letter through postal mail. I don’t know his graduation date or his platoon info. Help?!?!

    1. Hi, Amy. Have you contacted your recruiter for more information? Recruiters can help you with that. If you can’t get ahold of your recruiter, please email us at and we will see if we can help. 🙂 We hope this helps.


    1. Hi, Lucinda. For graduation date verification, you can always reach out to your son’s recruiter. If you can’t get ahold of the recruiter, please email us at for more detailed assistance. We would love to help.

  8. My son graduate in January 11th and I was going to order a Marine Picture Graduation shirt I just don’t know what color it is

    1. Hi, Crystal. What Battalion is your son? 1st Battalion is Red, 2nd Battalion is Yellow, 3rd Battalion is Navy Blue. Please let us know if you need any further assistance by emailing Have a great day.

  9. We are coming from Canada and need a special clearance for my husband and 2 teens that are coming ( I am the American ) What is the procedure needed in order for them to come to Parris Island?

    1. Hi Amy:
      Contact the Douglas Visitors’ Center on Parris Island at 843-228-3650 or 843-228-3297.They should be able to tell you the necessary procedure.

  10. My wife and I are unable to attend our grandsons graduation on Feb. 1st. His name is Cade Guinn. He will graduate top notch in his platoon! I wish we could be there to celebrate with him. We’ll have to wait until he comes home to have a chance to see him!

  11. Hi, my son is supposed to graduate on July 12th and I was told that not only am I not going to be able to use my driver’s license but also the family won’t be able to use their state IDs either. I’m hearing that in order to even come to the graduation, we would all have to have real IDs just to get on the base and I just want to check on that. I don’t know who else to ask. Thank you.

    1. According to the MCRD Parris Island website under Graduation, FAQs:
      It simply states that a valid U.S. government-issued photo identification card is required. Visitors driving vehicles must have a copy of the vehicle registration and proof of auto insurance. Unless you live in Oklahoma, Kentucky, New Jersey or Maine, your ID should be compliant with the Real ID Act requirements. Here is a great site for more info:

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