Project Graduation
"Class of 2017"


Project Graduation is an all-night, alcohol and drug free celebration planned and carried out by parents and community volunteers to help ensure the safety of our graduating high school seniors on graduation night. 

SUPPORT PROJECT GRADUATION
Parents, Students, Businesses, Community
WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Project Graduation celebrations are about keeping our kids and community safe!  
Please attend our meetings, which will be listed here
    
Upcoming 2017 Project Graduation Fundraisers

* Sunday, January 1, "2017 Resolution Run 5K," Hillsborough, NJ.

Look here for new Fundraisers throughout the year.

All donations of money, goods, and services are most welcome and may be sent to Project Graduation, PO Box 5673, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.


What is Project Graduation?
Project Graduation is an all-night, alcohol and drug free celebration planned and carried out by parents and community volunteers to help ensure the safety of our graduating high school seniors on graduation night.  The Project Graduation tradition began in 1980 in South Paris, Maine, after alcohol-related crashes claimed the lives of 18 people in two graduation seasons.  Since that time the tradition has spread all over the country including Hillsborough.  This is our 24th Project Graduation. The key to making Project Graduation successful has been widespread support from the Township's Youth Services Commission, the School District, students, parents, businesses, andthe community.
Why is Project Graduation so important?
Graduates often "party hop" in their efforts to celebrate with as many of their classmates as possible. Project Graduation provides a safe and fun-filled alternative to party hopping: it keeps all of the graduates together and off of the roads, prevents any of them from becoming an accident statistic, and allows their parents to rest easy knowing their son/daughter is safely celebrating.

When and Where is it held?
The celebration begins on the night of graduation, with check-in at the High School.  Graduates and chaperones are transported by bus to the celebration destination.  Past Project Graduation celebrations have been held at Dave & Busters in PA, while others have been in NJ.  Parents are asked to pick their graduates up at approximately 6 am at the High School the following morning.

Are all members of the graduating class eligible to attend?
Graduates must qualify to 'walk' in the graduation ceremony in order to attend Project Graduation.  Seniors will receive an invitation in the spring semester.  Reservations will be collected along with signed permission forms.  Details of the celebration will be provided to students and parents.

Why do graduates choose to attend Project Graduation?
There are numerous reasons why this celebration is so popular.  Project Graduation provides:

  • non-stop food
  • music and a DJ
  • entertainment 
  • games
  • contests
  • chair massages  
  • and many other activities.

Of course, every attending graduate has the opportunity to spend Graduation night with all of their classmates in one safe and fun location.

Each attending graduate receives a specially designed Project Graduation tee-shirt and a chance to win some fabulous prizes.

How can I help?
Students, parents, and all community members are invited to attend Project Graduation meetings.  Meeting information is available and can be found on Facebook, in the Hillsborough Beacon, Hillsborough Patch, Courier News, and on Comcast Channel 14, the High School web site, and the Township web site.

How is this funded?
Project Graduation receives no funding from tax dollars and does not charge students to attend.  This has been possible due to the generosity of donations from local businesses, professionals, service clubs, community organizations, and concerned citizens.  Project Graduation also benefits from severalfundraisers.  This year, our fundraisers include the Resolution Run & Walk 5K on New Years Day, and events such as an Art Auction, a Fashion Show/Basket Auction, a Dodge Ball game, a Gala Dinner, and a Pancake Breakfast.  Donations of money, goods, and services are most welcome and may be sent to Project Graduation, PO Box 5673, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.


As the parent of one of this year's graduates, how will this affect my family celebration?
If you are planning a family graduation party, it would be best to pick a day either a few days before or after graduation. There WILL be time between the ceremony and check-in at the high school for you and your family to take pictures. Attendees do not have to be back at the high school until 8:30 pm. Please keep in mind that your graduate will have been awake over 24 hours when you come to pick them up.  Our experience has proven that they are usually not ready for another graduation celebration on the day after graduation.


How can I find out more about Project Graduation?
For further information or to volunteer, please contact: (name coming)
Or, you can email to: projectgraduation@resolutionrun.org