My husband just finished bootcamp and we went to his graduation 7/20/12. It is an amazing, amazing thing. But, I thought I would hop over to the groups who have Sailors graduating and give you a tip about driving to the RTC gate.
You will most likely be coming from Buckley Rd and will have to make a right turn into RTC. If this is the case, drive past. Yes, I know, scary, but drive past the gate. You will go through a ramp sort of like a highway ramp and come to a traffic light. Turn right, this is Sheridan. You will come to the main gate for Great Lakes Naval Base. On the right, you will see a small brown sign that says "All visitors use second right". That second right will take you to the Visitors' Center parking lot. Just use it to turn around. You want to be going the other direction when you approach the RTC gate. Leave the Visitor Center parking lot and make a left. Go to the traffic light and take another left. This will bring you right to the RTC gate again. Except this time, you will be making a left turn and you will get a green arrow! No more waiting in line! Plus, the Visitors' Center is where your Sailor will march to after signing in to A School if s/he is staying at Great Lakes, so you'll know exactly where it is. By the way, if you are using a GPS, you can type in Farragut Ave, that is the road that is the main gate. Just remember to go to the second drive or you’ll be heading into the base instead of the visitors’ center
If anyone has questions about graduation or what happens when your Sailor stays at Great Lakes for A School, please reply under this discussion, and your reply will go to my email. I will answer everything I can.
Congratulations and welcome to the Navy family!!