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Graduation ceremonies take place on Thursdays and guests cannot attend nor access the base. The ceremony is recorded and the video, along with photos, will be posted by 4 p.m. CT Friday on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/NavyRecruitTrainingCommand and our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/RTCPublicAffairs/community​.

Please DO NOT travel to Great Lakes as Sailors are NOT allowed off-base following graduation. You will not be able to meet your Sailor during their transition to A school as they will not be departing out of local public transportation centers. There will be ZERO opportunity for you to interact with your Sailor at Great Lakes.​​


The recruit graduation ceremony, also known as Pass-In-Review, is a formal military ceremony which honors your recruit’s hard work and dedication to a new way of life, and ties together the future of the Navy with our long-held Naval traditions and customs.

This page includes all of the information you will need to visit your recruit for graduation, including the schedule of events and directions to the Recruit Family Welcome Center. Please review the information carefully. If you have additional questions not covered in these pages or in the Frequently Asked Questions, you may get in touch with RTC via the contact page.

Graduation Ceremony Tickets and Guest Policy

Map to Graduation Ceremony

Graduation Dates and Divisions

Departure from Recruit Training Command

Graduation Streaming Live

Honor Grads

Recruit Graduation Award Winner Certificate

Guest Security Access Form