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Graduation Ceremony Guest Policy
The recruit graduation ceremony is a ticketed event. Tickets will be issued at the Recruit Family Welcome Center, located at the Navy Exchange. The Recruit Family Welcome Center is open Wednesday [1:00 PM to 6:00 PM], Thursday [10:00 AM to 6:00 PM], and Friday [5:30 AM to 8:00 AM].

How can we get our tickets if my sons PIR is on Wednesday and we aren't getting there till Tuesday afternoon?


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Actually, how does anybody know for certain when the graduation date is even after they get to boot camp, I mean, the day before they graduate they could get hurt and held back right?

No, once they pass Battle Stations and are "capped" there is nothing that can set back thier graduation date. They may miss their PIR due to some catastrophe, but will ship out as soon as they recover. 

Graduations (PIR) are on Friday's

The PIR for Thanksgiving week will be on Wednesday, 22 November. The Graduation the week of Veterans Day is on Thursday, 9 November

Will we get times to pick up tickets for Wednesday graduation? I have not seen anything on this yet for PIR of 11/22.

I posted this on the PIR Group page for 11/22 from the RTC website:

This is a Wednesday  graduation due to the Thanksgiving Holiday

Dates and Times to pick up your Tickets for PIR (as per RTC website):

November 22 graduation, the Welcome Center will be open:

Monday [1:00 PM to 6:00 PM]

Tuesday [10:00 AM to 6:00 PM]

Wednesday [5:30 AM to 8:00 AM]

Thank you!!
Do we have times to pick up tickets for PIR Wednesday graduation?
They are posted. I know Tuesday is from 10:00-6:00pm. I believe Wednesday morning is 5:30am-8:30am
* * * Upcoming Holiday Graduations * * *

Over the next month we will have several graduations that do not fall on a Friday due to federal holidays. Please be aware these graduations will affect the hours of operation for the Recruit Family Welcome Center. For the November 9 graduation, the Welcome Center will be open Tuesday [1:00 PM to 6:00 PM], Wednesday [10:00 AM to 6:00 PM], and Thursday [5:30 AM to 8:00 AM]; for the November 22 graduation, the Welcome Center will be open Monday [1:00 PM to 6:00 PM], Tuesday [10:00 AM to 6:00 PM], and Wednesday [5:30 AM to 8:00 AM]. Thank you.

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