The day of graduation is one of the most sought-after days in any high school student's dream. For over 30-years Project Graduation, Inc. has been producing Napa County's Grad Nite, a safe, sober, and famous celebration for graduating high school seniors.
As you may know, last year we were unable to host a Grad Nite at all because of the pandemic lockdown. This year we are hosting a modified version of Grad Nite which will not be an all-night party but will still be amazing. We are calling it Senior Appreciation and it will take place on Sunday, June 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will be held at Justin-Siena and tickets must be pre-purchased for entry (napagradnite.com). There will not be tickets sold at the door.
Safety is our first priority and we are working with Napa County Public Health to ensure this event is both fun and safe. Participants will be required to wear masks and comply with all safety protocols in place at the event. Graduates will move through the event in pods of 50 into four phenomenal areas set up for fun. Participants will spend a half-hour in each area before moving onto the next area allowing the next pod to come in after a washdown.
Generally, the areas are 1. Carnival Games; 2. Casino and Inflatables; 3. Silent Disco/Cornhole and Basketball, Tricycle Racing; and 4. Food and prizes.
As always Project Graduation partners with the community, which has been behind it for over 30 years. The Napa Valley community provides support in three distinct ways. Most importantly the community helps get the word out about our events because they understand the importance of keeping the participants in a safe environment. Next, the community always steps up and volunteers their time before and during the event, keeping the costs down. Finally, equally as important are the sponsors that donate money to keep the event astounding while at the same time keeping the costs down for the participants.
COVID may have rattled us a bit last year but Project Graduation and Grad Nite are alive and well ready to put on a slightly subdued party this year to appreciate our graduating seniors.
Megan Dominici and Kelly Wallace
Grad Nite Board