JUNE 21, 2021 (Monday)

Graduation is a time of celebration, high hopes, and lasting memories, all of which can lead to big expectations for graduation night. Since 1991, families of the HPHS graduating class have provided the seniors with a tobacco-, alcohol-, and drug-free celebration on graduation night, known as Project Graduation. Project Graduation is an all-night event that’s about keeping our kids safe while ensuring a fun and memorable time.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that nothing is certain.  But our hopes are that by June, with proper precautions, we can offer our graduates some type of celebration and opportunity to gather together to mark this most unusual senior year.  

 

A traditional Project Graduation for the class of 2021 is scheduled to be held on Monday, June 21(the night of graduation), from 10:30 PM to 3:00 AM, at the Woodbridge Community Center. Here, students will enjoy activities ranging from swimming to roller skating to games to yearbook signing, and more! Buses will provide transportation for ALL students to and from the high school.  

The entire class of graduating seniors can participate FREE OF CHARGE because parent-led fundraising covers all expenses!  Through the generosity of parents, community members, and many local businesses, Highland Park has been able to offer Project Graduation for the past 30 years. We need your help to keep this special tradition going!

Please consider making a donation of any size to help support Project Graduation—no amount is too little or too much! Contributions can come from grandparents, family, friends, or your business. You can donate by PayPal or credit card - Just click "Donate" button. You can also write a check payable to HPHS Project Graduation. 

 

Thank you for helping to continue this important tradition during a unique time in our history. 

Project Graduation began with the class of 1991. Principal Joseph Hood worked with teachers, the student assistance coordinator, and the parents of the graduating class to establish a safe celebration for our graduating seniors. They took a cruise on a yacht in the New York City harbor. That was the traditional Project Graduation trip until around 2008 when it switched to recreation centers. Parents of the graduating class raise funds to ensure that on graduation night our seniors will celebrate in a safe, supervised atmosphere.

 

Mr. Michael J. Lassiter, M.Ed.
Principal of Highland Park High School