Guide to Basic Training Graduation Day
Watching is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Tips to Make the Most of Your Graduation Visit
Fort Benning basic training graduation ceremonies take place nearly every Thursday and Friday morning on Inouye Field adjacent to the National Infantry Museum. Loved ones travel from across the country to witness this milestone in their Soldier’s life. If you are visiting the museum on graduation day, plan to attend the U.S. Army ceremony. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
April 1 – September 30, 2016: 9am. Graduation time and location are subject to change based on weather conditions. Please check prior to arrival.
It is recommended that you arrive at least 30-45 minutes prior to the Graduation ceremony start time. Please allow yourself time for parking so you don’t miss the beginning of the ceremony and are able to enjoy music from the MCoE Band! The museum offers free parking for guests. The parking lot is large, and there is overflow parking nearby for exceptionally busy days. Security officers will be on-site to help direct you to available parking spaces. Many guests walk to the stadium but you can also use the tram service provided.
Security Check: Bags larger than 11” x 6” x 15” are not permitted inside the museum or on the museum campus. Bag checks and wand scans will be conducted to ensure guest safety.
Pet Policy: Pets are not allowed in the museum or by the stadium. Pets can not be left inside of vehicles on the premises. Please make arrangements for your pets prior to graduation morning. Certified Service Animals are allowed.
Concessions: Breakfast sandwiches, Starbucks coffee, and more will be available for purchase at the stadium. Concessions are also available inside the museum lobby. Cash and Credit/Debit cards are accepted.
Mahone Video Productions and Soldier Photos: Graduation ceremonies will be recorded and available for purchase. Families can also purchase a photo of their Soldier. Please visit the vendor booths on your way to the stadium to reserve a copy.
When possible, the museum will take photos during and after most graduations, including one very special company photo. There is no charge for these photos; you can download them from our digital archive or Facebook page for free.
Live Streaming on our Facebook will begin at 9am. Be sure to like our Facebook page and make sure the live stream notification is checked. You should be notified when the live streaming begins or check your newsfeed. The video will be posted on our Facebook page after the ceremony. This is a great option for family members and friends to enjoy the ceremony live if they could not make it in person.
Bring Your Letter
Your Soldier’s company will send letters with important information including the ceremony start time and a rain plan. Each company manages things differently, and the museum does not have access to those details. Please contact your Soldier’s company for more information. Click here to see Fort Benning’s basic training contact information.
Build An Itinerary
Schedule time to visit the museum and learn all about the legacy your Soldier has just joined. Many Soldiers tour the museum during basic training and will be able to be your personal tour guide! See our itineraries that we’ve created just for you!
The Hampton Inn Columbus/South – Fort Benning is located on the museum campus. Beat traffic and stay right beside the museum and Fort Benning. A full-service breakfast is served every morning which is perfect for families attending early morning Family Day and graduation. For other lodging options, check out visitfortbenning.com.
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National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center
From I-185: Take I-185 South from Columbus to exit 1B. Drive west on US 27/280/431 (Victory Drive) for about a mile, turn left at the light onto Fort Benning Blvd. Travel about 1.5 miles; the museum entrance is on the right. On graduation mornings, security will direct you to parking spots due to heavy traffic. If handicapped or in need of assistance please ask security for directions to the traffic circle in the front of the museum.
Leaving the Museum: You may use either Fort Benning Blvd or South Lumpkin Road to return to Victory Drive. Once on Victory Drive, turn right to reach I-185.
GPS Directions: 1775 Legacy Way, Columbus GA 31903
Planning to Attend a Graduation?
Watch these two short videos to prepare for your upcoming visit. The first video tells you what to expect at graduation; the second gives you a glimpse at what you’ll see inside the museum.