A special night for graduating seniors is coming up and is known for being a fun, safe celebration. Sheridan Media's Leslie Stratmoen has the story.
Project Graduation, which is the night graduating seniors from Sheridan High School meet for an overnight celebration, is set for Sunday night, after the graduation ceremony. Organizers Pam Harper and Marcia Harber said they open the doors of the Early building at 9 and if a senior signs out, they’re not allowed back in. They said 60- to 70-percent of the graduating class will probably be there, which is about 150-180 students. Both women talked with me about the event on our Public Pulse show. Harber told me Project Graduation is definitely a party the students look forward to and a time when they can just be little kids, again, which made me chuckle.
She also said drawings are planned for all night long, and cash prizes of $250, $500 and $750 are given away. There are also scholarship awards, she said -- a year’s tuition to Sheridan College, two $250 scholarships to the University of Wyoming and one worth $750 from the VFW. Both women said they’re dedicated to the project, and enjoy being on the planning committee, but Harper told me the party’s become a mission, for her.
As we were talking, State Senator Bruce Burns called in to say the first graduation celebration lockdowns in the area started in the late 1990s, organized in response to a series of tragedies.
Wrapping up the conversation, I asked the two organizers if they needed anything from the community to help pull this off. They said, “no,” because all of the arrangements had been made. But they did say they never turn down gifts of cash, to help defray costs. Checks can be sent to Project Graduation at PO Box 7011, Sheridan, Wy. 82801