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Don’t mix grads and alcohol
by Larry Wilson
May 18, 2009 | 857 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Graduation time is upon us in the Truckee Meadows. The University of Nevada, Reno just graduated 1,843 students this past weekend. I’m sure the hotels and eateries around town found a welcome boost in revenue as a result of the impact of all the graduates and their families celebrating their student’s tremendous accomplishment of university graduation.

Soon to follow this event will be the graduation of all the local high school seniors as they commence their journey through life. This also is a time, that for me, is dreaded. I don’t dread this period for the graduates and all their hopes and dreams, but for all the problems that these high school graduates seem to foster after their graduation ceremony.

It seems that the high school graduates can’t celebrate their accomplishment without mixing alcohol into the celebration. Graduation and alcohol really don’t mix. It is for this reason that I hate graduation time. There seems to be an upswing in the number of car accidents and fatalities at this time of year and usually it is because of the mix of alcohol, speed, youth and over exuberance about graduation.

Many local high schools have gone to producing Grad Night for the graduates through the efforts of the booster clubs and parents of the graduates. These have been very successful and are really a lot of fun for the celebrants.

Basically, Grad Night is an all night party filled with all kinds of activities for the participants, lots of their kinds of food, great raffle prizes and just all round good times. Everyone goes home in the morning absolutely exhausted, but they have another layer of memories, all good, to pile on their mountain of fond memories of their high school years.

No alcohol is allowed into these festivities. No one is allowed to leave once they are admitted to the party. The graduates are so busy during the party that they don’t have time to even think about drinking booze or becoming rowdy. They are there to have a good time and they do.

Some of the activities I’ve heard of include a giant bounce house set up in the gymnasium, oversize tricycles to ride to bring back early childhood memories, donning oversized fat suits for sumo wrestling, huge slides and gambling to name a few.

The name of the game is fun and safety and the graduates love it. Their parents love it for when the dawn of their first day after graduation breaks, their graduate is safe and alive, as it should be, and they are all happy as well.

So as graduation gets here, celebrate, have Fun, and live long to enjoy it all to come.

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