The Evolution of Project Grad

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Project graduation was originally created to prevent teens who were graduating from drinking and causing injuries to themselves or each other on graduation night. It’s origin defined it as ‘A program offered by many high schools in the United States, in which organized, adult-supervised and alcohol-free activities are offered as part of a post-graduation party, as an alternative to student-run events involving alcoholic beverages or other drugs.’

“[Project Graduation] is a fun night to celebrate one of the most important events of moving on into adulthood, and many times people celebrate it in the wrong manner and end up doing something that they shouldn’t, getting them or someone else killed,” Assistant Principal Kim Edwards said. “Even way back when I was in school there was no project graduation. We had about 4-5 kids killed a year due to alcohol and driving, so it is a big deal.” Furthermore, over time, Project Graduation became more to the seniors then just a day dedicated to not drinking. It became a way for seniors to say their goodbyes to everyone dear to them as they go their separate ways. It became a place for seniors to be seniors for one last day and have fun and leave their mark on each other by making their graduation night one that everyone can remember.

“Graduation night should be a time to reminisce about the past and look toward your future. It should be spent wisely with your friends and family. These days are some of the most important in your life. You certainly don’t want to ruin the evening by making poor choices. So, go to project graduation, have fun and walk out ready to begin your new life.” Journalism Adviser Amy Gullett said.


  1. Wanda McNeil and I started Project Grad in the late 1980’s with help from John Williamson. Great times great memories!! Martha Mosshart

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