WHAT WILL WE DO?
Before considering possible settings, themes, and activities for
Project Graduation, it's a good idea to know when Project Graduation
will officially begin and end so you will know how many hours you
will need to fill. Past planners have suggested that it is best to
schedule as few hours as possible between the end of graduation ceremonies
and the party's beginning. And they have also emphasized the importance
of the event lasting all night.
Upon first learning about Project Graduation many people have asked
"Why should it last all night?" Graduation night is a time of high
energy and buoyant spirits. If Project Graduation parties end while
the seniors are still"ready to party," a few might be tempted to continue
the celebration in ways that are not safe, in spite of their pledges
to remain chemical-free.
In addition to being chemical-free and lasting all night, the most
successful Project Graduation celebrations provide intense natural
stimulation on a variety of levels that makes the artificial stimulation
of alcohol and drugs pale by comparison. The fun associated with this
"natural high" is a strong selling point when promoting Project Graduation.
For instance, Project Graduation might start out with physical activities
(a dance or athletic contest), then move to sensory activities (a
special dinner or a walk on the beach), or emotional activities (class
will, or seniors taking turns telling what they will miss most about
high school). The possible activities for Project Graduation are endless,
and it won't be hard to develop a winning combination for your high
school. Just remember when planning the night's schedule that the
name of the game is "sensory variety."
Each community has its own assets when it comes to choosing activities,and
preferences seem to have some regional differences. So look at the
special benefits that your area has to offer, and get lots of input
from senior class members. Some settings, themes, and activities that
have been successful at other Project Graduations across the country
are listed here to help you get started with your own plans.