ASHLAND, Ore. -- Ashland High School seniors are about to enter the real world. The school held its graduation ceremony this past Friday at Lithia Park.
More than 200 seniors crossed the stage to get their diplomas.
Before diving into the real world, students got one last celebration together, the Senior All Night, an event organized entirely by a group of parents. The all-night party includes everything the Family Fun Center has to offer plus bounce houses, food carts, and thousands of dollars in prizes.
Parents start organizing the event months in advance and reach out to local businesses to raise about $20,000 to pull it off.
It's a lot of work and time on their part, but it's all worth it so that they know their kids are safe during graduation night.
One of the parent organizers, Jennifer Ferreira, said safety is the main reason for the event.
"Graduation night is statistically, the most dangerous night for all students so it's nice to have them off the streets, away from the parties, in one place with all their friends for the last time and they have a great time," Ferreira said.
Ashland senior and Associated Student Body Co-President Rylan Rogers said the party is a great way for students to celebrate together while staying safe.
"You hear a lot about after grad parties and a lot of drinking and partying can happen at those, which leads to underage people drinking and driving, which is very unsafe," Rogers said.
Rogers said not only is the event a safe option, but students can't wait to attend it.
"It's the thing, everybody's going," Rogers said.
Ferreira said this year's event was extra special because parents raised even more money from local businesses than usual.
They work hard to make sure every student who comes to the event leaves with something.