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How to plan Project Graduation

How to plan Project Graduation for senior class. Project Graduation is 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 drugs.

How to plan Project Graduation:

My son recently graduated from high school, and I was the President of Project Graduation for his school. With the help of an amazing committee, I organized my final school event and it was the “big one”, an “all nighter” for the class of 2023.

We raised $11,175 from our amazing community, family and friends and got enough food donated to feed a small army. Every senior received $150 cash and we had a DJ, karaoke, glow in the dark dodgeball tournament, bounce house, games, BINGO, food and more!
Here was our event schedule:
10:00 PM – 11:00 PM: Set up food and entertainment.
11:00 PM – 11:30 PM: Students arrive/bag check/turn in keys. Receive t-shirt.
11:30 PM – Midnight: Food (Atrium)
Midnight: DJ kicks off event, Group Picture, basketball, cornhole, four-square, spike ball, inflatables. (Conkin Gym) and quiet space in cafeteria (board games and adult coloring books).
1:00 AM: Glow in the dark dodgeball tournament (Conkin Gym) – Stacy and Wade to organize.
2:00 AM: Volleyball Tournament (Conkin Gym) – Stacy and Wade to organize.
3:00 AM: Karaoke (Conkin Gym), Carnival Games (Atrium)
4:00 AM: Breakfast and BINGO + Prizes (Cafeteria)
5:00 AM: Check-Out (Atrium)
Inflatables – entire event.
DJ – entire event.
Quiet area in cafeteria with games/cards/adult coloring books – entire event.
Food in Atrium – entire event.
Each senior will receive a t-shirt when they enter.
Each senior will receive a prize when they check out at 5 am.
How did we do it? We asked our community and parents for donations. We used that money for prizes, activities, entertainment and food. You need approximately $2,500 to host the event and then with prizes you need to budget an amount per senior. Our goal was $100 per senior, and we exceeded that! We did zero fundraisers and just sent letters to businesses and friends and family asking for donations.
When your son comes to find you and says let’s dance you do. And that’s when you know that your hard work was worth it. There are no words to explain how much he means to me. Somewhere along his senior year we turned from mom and son to the best of friends. I absolutely adore him.

Graduation Party Ideas:

Inexpensive Rustic Graduation Table Centerpiece – One of our most popular posts on the blog!

Graduation Party Owl Fruit Tray – This is a really popular DIY that is perfect for parties.

Graduation Caps Recipe – A fun an easy dessert that your graduate will enjoy.

Graduation Dorm Room Kit Party Favor – A cute party favor for graduation party guests.

Graduation Party Favor – College Survival Kit.

Graduation Tassel Ornament – A keepsake that will last a lifetime!

I hope these Graduation Party Ideas help you as you are planning.

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