My daughter graduates 8/12/2011 and I have read lots of informatiion so far but I would love to get some easy answers from other mom's that have had a son or daughter graduate within the last few months so that the information is current. Here are just a few, if you have a son or daughter graduating on this day, please add a question of your own :-) THANKS!
#1) Should we stay in the Navy Lodge or in a hotel and if so...whats your favorite hotel?
#2) Should we ride one of the shuttles or drive?
#3) What time should we arrive on for graduation?
Mine is Ship 12 DIV 251 We are staying on base at the Navy Lodge. I just hope she isnt a grad n go
Here is the link to the event. Just click on it and RSVP.
08/11/2011 Meet and Greet for PIR 08/12/2011
we were directed where to park. Very simple. I recommend driving. After the ceremony, your recruit will have to go back to his baraccks to get photos or anything else he needs. We then walked around base, went to the NEX store and bought a few items. Jumped in the car and had our son for roughly 8 hours :) He was flying out the next day, so he had to be back by 8pm. His flight was delayed at O'hare, so we went and hung out with him and gave him his cell phone..he was thrilled about that!!
The ceremony is amazing! My sons division was the top division. They made the Hall of Fame, due to receiving every flag during boot camp.
Just got back from the weekend with my sailor. We had to make last minute hotel reservations and stayed at the Days Inn in Waukegan. Would not recommend staying here. It is old, dirty, smells like smoke and the food for the continental breakfast was stale. We rented a car since my sailor was staying at Great Lakes for A school. We flew in to Milwaukee Mitchell airport. The drive to GL is about 50 minutes, no traffic. I'm glad we didn't fly in to Chicago because of the traffic.
The drive and parking to the graduation was non eventful. They are very organized at the base. We arrived around 7:30 and our son's division section of the bleachers was already pretty full. If your sailor is staying at GL for school, I would recommend going back to your hotel and waiting for him/her to call when they are ready to be picked up. We wish we had done that because we waited about 4 hours before he was ready. We went to Gurnee Mills mall a few times (nice mall, lots of places to eat around it in the area), Alder planetarium in Chicage (allow at least 2 hrs each way for driving because of traffic.). Don't miss the WildBerry in Libertyville. The breakfast is awesome and worth the wait to get in.