Newington High School

Project Graduation 2024

Newington, CT

The purpose of Project Graduation is to support the upcoming graduates of Newington High School.  Project Graduation has been a highly anticipated rite of passage for our graduating seniors.  Parents, teachers, community members and local businesses partner to provide our graduates with a fun and exciting event where they can celebrate their graduation night in a safe, alcohol and drug free setting. 

Project Graduation is run 100% by volunteers and funded 100% by donations and community contributions.  Statistics show (and history has proven) that graduation night is one of the deadliest for teens drinking and driving.  High schools across the USA celebrate Project Graduation with the same common goal - keeping our graduates and communities safe after graduation.

Ways to Receive Information:

How You Can Help -

Join a committee!  Do you want to be part of the planning?  Do you have ideas you want to bring to life?  Do you like to shop?  Maybe you love entertainment and want to help plan events for the night.  Come join a committee.  Sign-up sheets for committees are available at our monthly meetings, or you can join by emailing us.  If you are interested in chairing a committee, please reach out to Lisa Bacon and/or Jennifer Ahern.  A list will be compiled of those that are interested.

For more information click the COMMITTEES tab above.

Important Dates:

Monthly Meetings are usually held in person, in the NHS Event Room (by the Auditorium) from 7:00-8:00 PM.  If any change is made to meeting location or time, it will be announced via Parent Square, our Facebook page, and posted here prior to the meeting.

All community members and underclassmen parents are encouraged to join our meetings along with Senior Parents & Guardians.  Feel free to invite anyone interested to our groups.

Fundraising Information -

The party costs an average of $50,000.  There are approximately 333 students in the Class of 2024.  The school and town do not provide ANY funds for this event.  All costs are offset by parent donations & fundraising.  

For more information click the FUNDRAISING tab above.

2023 Cruising into the Future Theme -

2022 Red Carpet Theme -

2021 Boardwalk Theme Party -

The History of Project Graduation -

The concept of Project Graduation began more than 40 years ago in Maine after seven students from one community lost their lives on graduation night in an alcohol and drug-related accident.  As a result of this tragic accident, the community organized "Project Graduation" to offer their students an alternative celebration to the traditional graduation night of drinking and driving temptations that can, all too often, end in tragedy.  By 1986, Project Graduation activities were held in all 50 states!  NHS Project Graduation was founded in 1986.