The concept originated in Maine in response to the deaths of 18 teenagers in alcohol-related highway crashes. Seven of the teens were from one community. Parents in the community were devastated and determined not to let this happen again. In an effort to prevent the incapacitating injuries and deaths that were often the result of teens driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, the parents organized "Project Graduation". From that school, the idea spread. By 1985, 95% of the high schools in Maine were hosting successful chemical-free parties. Project Graduation is now a nation-wide program. 

Statistically, Graduation Night has one of the highest instances for DWI wrecks and fatalities. Project Graduation is hosted by Class of 2022 Family Members to ensure that all McNeil Seniors have access to a safe, fun, drug & alcohol-free celebration to end their high school experience.