The graduation of any soldier is a time to celebrate and cherish with those who are closest to you.
This year for 2021 all graduations will be aired live through Fort Jackson’s Facebook page. You can also check the page for short videos and pictures to catch a glimpse of the training your soldier has endured.
Graduation dates have only been posted through the end of February in an effort to keep family and friends safe and deter traveling.
In the event that guests will be allowed to partake in graduation ceremonies in the future, we’ll cover some FAQs that some families traveling may have.
Fort Jackson Graduation Dates for 2021
|Graduation Date||Training Group||Location||Time|
|Sep 23, 2021||3-34th||Hilton Field||9:00 AM – 10:00 AM|
|Sep 30, 2021||2-60th||Hilton Field||9:00 AM – 10:00 AM|
|Oct 7, 2021||2-60th||Hilton Field||9:00 AM – 10:00 AM|
|Oct 14, 2021||3-39th||Hilton Field||9:00 AM – 10:00 AM|
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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.
When the base is open to the public again, 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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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.
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.
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?
When visitors are allowed again, 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 are being aired live at 10am on Eastern Standard Time.
In addition to a virtual graduation, the Commanding General will host a Virtual Town Hall on his Facebook page.
The Virtual Town Hall is held on Thursdays at 3:30 EST, subject to change due to the General’s schedule.
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 via 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?
At the moment, base is not open to the public. However, we’ll give you the details here should it open at some point in the future.
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 to respect the hard work put in by trainees and to also dress for the weather 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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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.