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Fort Jackson Basic Training Graduation Dates For 2020

The graduation of any soldier is a time to celebrate and cherish with those who are closest to you.

While the graduation ceremony is always a blast, the actual planning and logistics that go into a family trip to watch a graduation is not always as fun.

We hope to make your life just a little easier by looking at the Fort Jackson Graduation dates and answer some FAQs that families have when traveling to graduation ceremonies.

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Fort Jackson Graduation Dates for 2020

Ship DateGraduation Date
January 13, 2020March 19, 2020
January 21, 2020March 26, 2020
January 27, 2020April 2, 2020
February 3, 2020April 9, 2020
February 10, 2020April 16, 2020
February 18, 2020April 23, 2020
February 24, 2020April 30, 2020
March 2, 2020May 7, 2020
March 9, 2020May 14, 2020
March 16, 2020May 21, 2020
March 20, 2020June 4, 2020
April 6, 2020June 11, 2020
April 13, 2020June 18, 2020
April 20, 2020June 25, 2020
April 27, 2020July 2, 2020
May 11, 2020July 16, 2020
May 18, 2020July 23, 2020
May 26, 2020July 30, 2020
June 1, 2020August 6, 2020
June 8, 2020August 13, 2020
June 15, 2020August 20, 2020
June 22, 2020August 27, 2020
June 29, 2020September 3, 2020
July 6, 2020September 10, 2020
July 13, 2020September 17, 2020
July 20, 2020September 24, 2020
August 3, 2020October 8, 2020
August 10, 2020October 15, 2020
August 17, 2020October 22, 2020
August 24, 2020October 29, 2020
August 31, 2020November 5, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Where is Fort Jackson located?

Fort Jackson is a military training facility located in Columbia, South Carolina where many future soldiers go for their basic training.

The location is ideal as it is located within a reasonable distance of three large airports that allow families to come and enjoy graduation with ease.

You can fly into Columbia Metropolitan for an easy drive to the base or enter at Augusta or Charlotte if you want to enjoy the rest of the state while you are attending graduation.

Where should I stay for Ft. Jackson graduation?

Since most families attending graduation are not from the Columbia area, many choose to stay in local hotels to enjoy the event.

We want you to be as comfortable and as close as possible to the base, so we picked five of our favorite hotels to stay when attending Fort Jackson graduation.

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Econo Lodge

This location has all the amenities you need to make your stay near Fort Jackson pleasant and comfortable.

Rooms start at around $51 a night at a distance of 2.5 miles to the base.

Extended Stay America

This large facility has plenty of rooms for the whole family and is right next to the base.

You can find rooms starting at $57 a night at a distance of 0.6 miles to the base.

Home2 Suites

This more premium option gives you a place to relax and feel taken care of when you want to relax after graduation.

Rooms start at $105 a night and the distance is 3.5 miles to the base.

La Quinta Inn

Enjoy the pools and nice rooms at this hotel chain that has everything you could need for your trip to Columbia.

Rooms start at $99 a night with a distance of 3.5 miles to the base.

Country Inn

This cozy location has an indoor pool and many amenities to keep the whole family happy for a graduation trip.

Rooms start at $79 a night with a distance of 3.6 miles to the base.

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Where can I rent a car?

You may be flying into Columbia to see that graduation, and this means you will likely want to rent a car.

Luckily for guests, there are plenty of car rental centers that allow you to get your car straight from the airport.

Some of our favorite options include:

What time is graduation at Fort Jackson?

The graduation times for each unit are going to fluctuate as the current Covid-19 climate has made it hard to coordinate events like graduation until they are just coming up.

In the past, graduation ceremonies have been held in the mornings around 10.

Check in with your trainee if they have received any updated information.

How many tickets do you get for Fort Jackson graduation?

Under normal circumstances, the tickets to a graduation ceremony would be distributed by mail to the people a trainee would want to come in the weeks leading up to the event.

However, Covid-19 has moved the graduation ceremonies for the foreseeable future to an online format where it is live-streamed on Facebook.

On the bright side, this means that an unlimited number of friends and family members can watch the event as it is happening.

How do I get onto the base at Ft. Jackson?

Getting onto the base at Fort Jackson is just like getting onto any other military training facility.

Once you arrive at the main gate (Gate 4), they will need to see your identification so they can match it with what they have on file.

Once they confirm your identity and vehicle registration, you will be given a guest pass and allowed access onto the base.

Here’s the address for the main gate: 6271 Boyden Arbor Rd, Columbia, SC 29223

What can I expect to see / happen at the graduation?

Unfortunately, the current graduation ceremony at Fort Jackson is substantially less exciting with Covid-19 restrictions in place.

Since the event is now just being live streamed to friends and family, you will be able to watch the graduation ceremony from a computer or mobile device.

The current graduation ceremony now simply involves a few speakers and the ceremony itself to make the digital format much shorter than traditional ceremonies.

What do you wear to Fort Jackson graduation?

If you were to go to an in person graduation at Fort Jackson when the Covid-19 bans are lifted, you would not have to follow any strict dress code.

It is always a good ideal to dress respectfully and for the weather at military branch graduations to respect the hard work put in by trainees and to be ready for the Carolina heat.

How has Covid-19 affected boot camp graduation?

In nearly every way, Covid-19 has had a major impact on graduations for every base across the country.

At Fort Jackson, they decided that it was best for the health of everyone on the base to only allow people to view the graduation ceremony via live stream.

This has also canceled many of the family events and traditions that were associated with graduation day.

Where can I watch a live stream of the graduation?

To watch a live or recorded version of the ceremony, the Fort Jackson Facebook page will be the best place to get stream updates and event information.

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Conclusion

Even with the unfortunate circumstances that Covid-19 has created, still being able to at least steam the graduation is something.

We hope this guide has given you all the information you could need to make the most out of what is a very special day for your trainee.

References

https://home.army.mil/jackson/index.php

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2 Replies to “Fort Jackson Basic Training Graduation Dates For 2020

  1. Hello, my daughter graduates tomorrow and I want to confirm so I can watch her garduate (I will be taking off from work). I am unable to confirm the time and date of her graduation (I think it is tomorrow at 9:00 am central) Here is her information.
    PFC James, Nia
    E. Company 1 – 13th INF 3 PLT Punishers
    Please help me confirm.

    1. Hey Vashonda,
      The official Facebook page for 1st Battalion, 13th Infantry says that the graduation will be tomorrow (10/15) from 9 AM – 10:15 AM Eastern (EST). You can sign up to watch the event online here, as well as obtain more info about the graduation ceremony and connect with other parents.

      Hope this helps and congrats on your daughters graduation!

      Rob V.
      OMK Founder

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