Project Graduation

          Nathan Hale-Ray High School Project Graduation
        Sponsored by East Haddam Youth & Family Services

Project Graduation is an honored tradition in our community that recognizes the accomplishments of seniors graduating from Hale-Ray High School. The goal is to provide the opportunity for ALL graduates to participate in a fun, alcohol & substance free, overnight party, immediately following the graduation ceremony as well as other projects that support our seniors.  This event allows graduates to participate in one last celebration of their achievements together!

Project Grad is a totally self-supporting program, sponsored by East Haddam Youth & Family Services. We rely on tax-deductible donations as meaningful gifts to students and a contribution to our youth’s safety on graduation night.

Contact info for the officers of the current year's Project Grad Committee can be obtained by emailing us at [email protected] or by sending a message to the committee via Facebook messenger Nathan Hale-Ray Project Graduation


Q: What is Project Graduation?

A: Project Graduation is an awesome, activity packed, all-night party (substance-free of course!) at a secret location following the graduation ceremony. This overnight event is organized by the Project Grad Committee to provide the opportunity for ALL graduates to participate in one amazing celebration together. Project Grad also provides a grad ceremony photo and a grad gift to each and every graduate.

Q: What do grads do at this party and how do they get there?

A: Round-trip transportation from the high school will be provided.  The Project Grad Committee works to put together a celebration that incorporates as many activities as possible. The location will remain a surprise but food and fun are guaranteed!

Q: How do I make sure my student is able to attend?

A: All Seniors are welcome to attend Project Graduation!! The Project Grad committee will need permission slips filled out and submitted in advance of the party. We hope that each family will participate in our fundraising activities in some way but Project Grad is open to EVERY SINGLE NHRHS GRAD!!!

Q: How is Project Graduation paid for?

A: Of course a party of this magnitude has a cost, about $20,000! But, there are many ways that the money for this party is raised. The Project Graduation Committee organizes fundraisers such as $5 Raffle Ticket Sales, Car Show, Cow Chip Raffle, and Trivia Night to name a few. In addition, we provide a buy-out option and we receive tremendous support from businesses and service groups. We need parents & students to volunteer to help us with these fundraising events!!

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