High School “Grad” is something many teenagers/high-schoolers look forward to for their entire five years in high school. The planning and preparation for this big night may start 6 months to one year in advance and the excitement is usually overwhelming for those attending- and the great part is, Grad is ONLY 4-5 months away for some of you!

A High School Grad should definitely meet its expectations, so here’s what the fuss is all about and why you should attend:

1. Admit it … getting dressed up is fun.

You can say all you want that ties strangle you, or that dress shopping is just boring, but deep down inside there is a little part of everyone of us that LOVES to get dressed up. It might be painstaking to carefully curl your hair or tie the perfect bow-tie, but think about that moment when you look in the mirror before you leave and see how all that hard work paid off. Nothing feels better than knowing you’re a solid 12 out of 10.

2. Your friends are going.

High school is full of cliques. Everyone is not friends with everyone, contrary to popular belief. But chances are at least one of your friends is going, or at least people you’re friendly with. Grad can be an experience to bond with people you weren’t very close to before. If none of your friends are planning on going, ask one of them. Chances are you can find someone that would be willing to take on this adventure with you.

3. It’s the last big, formal high school event.

Sure, there might still be form six to look forward to, and of course the graduation ceremony, but grad night is the last chance your class has to all be together in a totally fun setting. If you’re one of those that dislikes the majority of the people in your graduating class, there’s still some sentimental value there. After that night, no one will ever make you hang out with these people again. And grad trends these days can be so obscure, at least one person will have a dress you can secretly laugh at. But seriously, looking back on life, you’ll wish you had gone.

4. It’s the LAST dance/party.

Along the same lines as the previous reason, this is the last dance of your high school career. To some, that is a pretty exciting concept. We get it, you’ve been to at least four May Fairs and these dances can often seem like nothing more than a sweaty group of people grinding on each other to bad or sometimes good music. But the experience of the high school graduation party is one that can never be recreated later in life. The rush of finding someone to slow dance with, or making awkward eye contact with a teacher during a dirty part of a song are things you’ll never get to do again. Take this chance to cherish your youth while you still can.

5. There’s more to it than just dancing.

Grad is much more than just dancing. There’s food, and at most grads, there’s fun stuff to do like photo booths with crazy props. Have two left feet? Grab some friends and take pictures. Those photo strips will look nice in your University dorm two years from now! Hate pictures? There’s bound to be something else. Suggest some crazy ideas to the planning committee to cater for you and your friends’ differences. You can’t go wrong with a suggestion like a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream bar.

6. Your parents will be excited!

Especially if you are one of those kids that never gets involved in anything at school, your parents will love you for going to grad. Remember, you moving on to form 6 or University is just as a big a deal to your parents as it is to you. They’re going to miss you more than anything and getting this last chance to see you get dressed up and go out will make them so excited. If you can’t go to grad for you, do it for them.

7. It’s “GRAD”.

For young ladies, grad can be like a fairy tale. You dress up like a princess, and your date shows up and whisks you away to as close to a ball as most of us will ever get. Being crowned Grad Queen is the dream of almost every young lady. For guys, it’s like a white-collar gala, walking around socializing looking fresh and slick. Everyone knows guys look their best when they clean up and wear a suit. It seems shallow, but grad is iconic. It’s not high school without it.

So, in short, your grad will be a good time. There are many reasons to go, a lot of things to do there, lots of moments to cherish and a lot that you can gain from going. It is not just another dance; this is the last time to celebrate with your class. Get out there, dance, take pictures and make memories that will last the rest of your life.

Where you go to celebrate this last hoorah makes all the difference, if you are a part of your grad planning committee or enjoyed reading this post, ask your principal or teacher liaison to give us a call at 222-8896 to set up a site visit and see if Signature Hall is the right fit for your High School Graduation Party!