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Sober Grad Nite

Each year, the PTSA puts on one of the most anticipated events of Santa Ynez High School students' high school careers: Safe & Sober Grad Nite. This all-night party on campus offers graduates a safe and sober place to celebrate their accomplishment with their classmates. Whether you are a soon-to-be graduate looking to buy your ticket or the parent of a soon-to-be graduate looking to help out, a few months before graduation you will find documents related to every aspect of the event posted on this page.


We need helpers on these committees: 

  • Construction
  • Decorating
  • Ticket Sales
  • Food/Bev
  • Clean-up

Please contact the committee chair directly or Jacque Wagstaffe to be added to the list. 


Grad Nite Meeting Dates 2019

  • Wed May 15 in room C-2
  • Tue, May 28 in Old Gym
  • June TBA – Recap Dinner at Chomp


Other Important Grad Nite Dates

  • Trailer arrives by Fri, May 17
  • Sat May 18 – unload trailer, put up walls (or whatever doing), etc – Need Lots of Help!
  • Mon – May 20 – Decorating begins
  • Week of May 27 – Ship, fencing, finals preps
  • Fri, May31 – Graduation and Event! 
  • Sat, Jun 1 – Clean Up – Need Lots of Help!


  • Most Committees will also be having their own meetings.  To get on their email list, please contact the committee chair directly. 
  • Encourage underclassman parents to volunteer the night of the event.  Click on the Sign-up Genius to see the different time slots/positions:
    Senior parents are welcome to volunteer the night of the event, but, we also need to have junior and underclassman parents – or anyone over 21 years old to help out.   Many of the senior parents have family in town and also many seniors do not want their parents there! J  Please encourage friends to help out.   It is also valuable for underclassman parents to see what it is!
  • If you know of anyone who has access to Pirate/Island décor that we can get on loan or have, please let Marta, our Decorating chair, know or one of the event chairs.
  • The construction group needs a lot of strong & capable people helping!  Sat, May 18 to unload trailer, set up walls, electric, etc.  Then the week of graduation, May 27, to set up the ship, slide out front and fencing.  Finally, on Sat, Jun 1 to help take everything down and put back into the trailer. 
  • We are ordering new fabric panels!!  Marta to give us an update.   We’ll need to decide what to do with the old wooden panels.    
  • The committees that need some volunteers:  Construction, Decorating, Clean up, Prizes, Food & Drinks, Ticket Sales.  
  • Letters were sent out to parents and the community to ask for monetary donation and prize donations.  Please let us know if you know of a new business!   For prizes, we need a prize for every person at the event for the spin-the-wheel ranging up to $100.  We also need the big ticket raffle items for the end of the night!
  • To get on the Grad Nite 2019 email list, please email


There is a 4 minute video of the event from Grad Nite 2012 that will give you an idea of the event:



Apr 12 – May 3

Magic Mt Tickets on sale (or until sold out)

Wed, Apr 24

Grad Nite Meeting, 7pm in C-2

Apr 25-27

Theater Production, “Treasure Island” 7pm

Apr 26

Grad Nite– last day to purchase to get 30 Raffle Tickets!!

Apr 27 –May 6

Grad Nite– purchase to get 20 Raffle Tickets!!

Apr 29

Flex Day

Apr 30

Seniors tickets to Prom go on sale

May 2-4

Theater Production, “Treasure Island” 7pm

May 6-17

AP Exams

Tue, May 7

Band Spring Concert, Little Theater

May 7 – May 27

Grad Nite– purchase to get 15 Raffle Tickets!!

Wed, May 8

Choir & Vocal Ensemble Spring Concert, St Marks

Fri, May 10

Photos for Senior Slide Show Due

Fri, May 10

Notify Alexa of any scholarships/grants given by the college/program attending

Sat, May 11

Jr/Sr Prom

Wed, May 15

Grad Nite Meeting, 7pm in C-2

Sat, May 18

Unload the Trailer for Grad Nite, Old Gym

Sun, May 19


May 20 – 30

Decorating & Preparing for Grad Nite

May 20

Flex Day

Wed, May 22

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon, 11am-1pm New Gym

Wed, May 22

Senior Awards:   7:00pm   New Gym

Thu, May 23

Senior Car Decorating:  8:00am – 9:30am Optional, but really fun for the seniors to see what parents have done to their cars. Suggestions: window paint, balloons, banners, college colors.

Thu, May 23

Six Flags-Magic Mtn. Senior Night Trip,  7:45 pm Information about the trip will be mailed early April 2019

Fri, May 24

Senior Breakfast:   approximately 7:00am / all seniors invited

Fri, May 24

Seniors released after the senior breakfast

Mon, May 27

No School

Tue, May 28

Food 4 Finals

Tue, May 28

Grad Nite Meeting in the Old Gym, time TBA

May 28 – at door

Grad Nite– purchase to get 10 Raffle Tickets

May 28, 29, 30

Finals in the morning / seniors dismissed at 12:15pm

Thu, May 30

Mandatory Graduation Practice:  2:00pm  Football Field

Fri, May 30

No School

Fri, May 31

Commencement Ceremony:  4:00pm  Stadium Graduation information mailed early April 2019

Fri, May 31

Safe & Sober Grad Nite Party: 9:30pm – 5:00am (June 1), Old Gym

Sat, Jun 1

Clean Up Grad Nite – in the morning, all help welcomed and needed!


Reminder: If you have not ordered your Graduation items/ Cap & Gown