PHOTO: Party decorations such as this centerpiece from Party City can be seen at graduation parties around Davis.
By Soraya Fattahi,
As graduation at Davis High rolls around, so do the graduation parties. These events enable graduating seniors to say goodbye to their high school friends before they leave for college and move onto their next step in life.
“For the majority of them, students and teachers, this is the last time we’ll ever see each other and that’s pretty sad. It will also be fun celebrating with all of my best friends– it feels like our last senior moment,” senior Fiona Wallace said.
Parents and their children help in the planning of each party.
“Since Lily will be a Boise Bronco we are going with a royal blue and orange theme … lots of balloons, pom pom banners and Bronco paraphernalia,” said Moira Heilmann, mother of graduating senior Lily Heilmann.
Graduation parties are also an opportunity for graduates to reunite with distant friends and family.
“I’m looking forward to my graduation party because I get to see some family I haven’t seen in a long time,” senior Meghan Eisenman said.
Although grad parties are meant to be fun, there are several issues that arise when planning for them. One of these problems is scheduling conflicts.
“The only bummer about grad parties is that the majority of my friends had them at very similar days and times so I wasn’t able to attend some of my friends parties and they weren’t able to come to mine,” said Kate Thompson, a DHS alumnus and current sophomore at Cal Poly.
To avoid this problem, Wallace is combining her grad party with those of her three best friends.
“We decided to combine ours because none of us wanted to have a big one just for us. We started high school together, why not end it the same way,” Wallace said.
Another difficulty surrounding making a grad party is the price. According to a survey done by GraduationParty.com, the average cost of a graduation party is $985 nationwide. An easy way to cut down the price is to host your party at home and send e-invitations instead of physical ones.
“I am super excited to be graduating. It’s been three years of hard work and it finally feels like it’s paying off. I will miss the people though,” Wallace said.