Congratulations to you and your child on the fast-approaching graduation. It is my pleasure to share your pride in your child’s accomplishment. I do not want anything to spoil this wonderful occasion.
In the past, this memorable event has been marred by senseless tragedies resulting from the dangerous mix of alcohol, youthful exuberance, and automobiles. Since 1984 to prevent such tragedies, my office has sponsored Project Graduation. Project Graduation is a program focusing on the dangers of drunk/drugged driving and underage drinking, concluding with a graduation night party for each high school graduating class. The graduates plan the festivities for their party and all graduates and their guests, commit to remaining alcohol and chemical-free for the evening. This effort has paid off. We have not had an alcohol-related fatal crash among our young people on graduation night since the program’s inception.
As your State’s Attorney, I promise to continue to host this wonderful event and pledge the resources of my office to support the program. The students are busily working to plan an exciting finish to their high school years. The Navy has graciously invited us to use their extensive recreation facilities. The Optimist Clubs of St. Mary’s County will be cooking all night preparing a wide variety of delicious foods. Volunteer bus drivers are signing up to transport the graduates and their guests to and from the party. Adult supervision will be provided by the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Maryland State Police, and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. All of individuals are volunteering their time to provide this service. Anything that happens at Patuxent River, NAS is subject to the rules and laws governing this fine institution.
All attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy wonderful fellowship with classmates, great food, bowling, swimming, dancing, softball, basketball, games, volleyball, movies, an ice cream and more all for free!
I congratulate you and solicit your support for this unique program. Urge your child to attend. This year we are shooting for 100% graduate participation. Please accept my offer by having your child return the enclosed registration form to their senior class advisor. Thank you for your participation. It is my pleasure to serve you.
Richard D. Fritz
State's Attorney for St. Mary's County, Maryland
Project Graduation Chemical-Free Party Contract
I understand that on my high school’s graduation ceremony night there will be a SUBSTANCE-FREE GRADUATION PARTY. In return for being allowed to participate in the Project Graduation celebration that my parent/guardian and I agree to abide by all the following rules:
- Graduates and guests will consume no alcohol or drugs including marijuana and tobacco before or during the party. This includes vaping devices.
- If student or guest not permitted to participate in school activities cannot attend Project Graduation.
- Graduates may take one guest. Guests must be at least high-school aged but no older than 21 years, unless it is an immediate family member approved by the State’s Attorney Office. All current high school guests are expected to attend classes the next morning if their school is in session.
- Graduates and their guests must arrive and leave together.
- All attendees must check in at their school and take a Project Graduation Bus to and from the party. Check in will start at 8:00pm. Buses will continue running until the last bus leaves for the party at 9:30 PM.
- If a student is injured at the event, the school administrator and EMTs on scene will decide whether the student is transported by ambulance.
- There are two departure times from the party. The first departure will be at 2:30 AM and the final is at 4:00 AM. Buses will be returning students to the high school.
- No one is allowed to come or leave the party except by bus. Parent/guardians cannot pick their child or guest up at the party.
- Chaperons are provided by State’s Attorneys, law enforcement officers, county employees and educators.
- Any issues not covered above is within the sole discretion of State’s Attorney Office personnel.