Most high school seniors celebrate gradation with a commemorative party. For a sad few, these graduation parties, turn into tragedy. Project Graduation was formed to provide an alternative, safe and enjoyable way to celebrate.

Since 1984, the Maryland States Attorney, in cooperation with the Department of the Navy, Patuxent River NAS, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department, Maryland States Troopers, The Optimist Club and school volunteers, has funded Project Graduation.

Graduates are provided free transportation to and from the Project Graduation Party and everything throughout the evening is free.

When the graduates arrive, newly matriculated students are asked to sign a contract stating that they will not leave the party. Once the contract is signed, students can bowl, see current movie releases, play basketball, enjoy Sumo Wrestling blow up suits and other carnival-like attractions, swim, play volleyball and more.

Mechanicsville Optimist club assists in cooking dinner and breakfast for all of the graduates!