Majority of seniors plan to host graduation parties

Paul Guzi

 “A band, taco burrito bar, volleyball, corn hole and an overall fiesta theme,” is what senior Lilly Zuccaro says she will have for entertainment at her graduation party. Kyle Kotecki, also a graduating senior, is even taking advantage of an outdoor pool at his graduation party. 

With the end of the school year approaching, many seniors are planning to host graduation parties. 
Zuccaro said that the reason she is having her party is to “invite all of my friends and family, as well as say the final goodbye before college.” 
Considering next year many seniors will be hundreds of miles away from each other, should more seniors host a final goodbye in the form of a graduation party? Results from a recent Hudson High School survey of 62 seniors show that receiving money, spending time with friends and family and saying their last farewells before college are the main reasons for hosting graduation parties. However, the survey also indicated some of the reasons why seniors are choosing not to have a graduation party.  Cost is primarily the largest reason. 
Andrew Lovano, a Hudson High School alumni, recalled the graduation party he had last year, saying, “I remember the cost of my party being around $500.”
 In addition to relatively high costs, not knowing many of the people who tend to show up at grad parties is also a reason why some seniors are holding off on hosting a party. 
Despite the risks and responsibilities involved in hosting a grad party, a high percentage of seniors have already decided upon having one. The results from the graduation party survey showed that 77 percent of seniors are going to throw some type of celebratory party, whether it be an exclusive party or an open one for all to come.   
Chris Carlson, a freshman at Ohio State University who graduated form Hudson High School, insisted that throwing a graduation party for friends and family was a blast, and that every senior should definitely consider it.
“I just had some corn hole, volleyball, badminton and a jazz band at my party,” stated Carlson.
In addition, Carlson decided upon having an exclusive graduation party, where only his good friends and family were invited. 
“I wanted to avoid having kids I didn’t know show up on my lawn,” he said.
 Whether or not to have a graduation party is a big question for many seniors; however, there are many more if you decide upon having one. For example, one must ask who to invite, how to entertain the crowd, when to have it and what to serve. In addition, according to, the average cost of a party was around $985. 
A helpful site for planning a graduation party is Once these questions have been answered, a fun farewell bash is sure to follow.


2012-05-22 07:18:10