The annual Grad Knight party is a chance to give our young people a wonderful memory, keep them alive, build a tradition and provide them a stress-free alternative.
About 20 minutes following the graduation ceremony at UW’s Alaska Airlines Pavilion (Hec Edmundson Pavilion) is an all-night event for seniors only (and adult chaperones). Newport PTSA coordinates this exciting and safe all-night celebration.
This is an evening filled with friends, food, games, prizes and the making of many great memories.
Graduates don’t have to make a decision to drink or not to drink: there is no choice — and no chance to lose face.
Everyone has a party to attend and celebrate together. No one is left out.
It will be the last time seniors will be together as a class.
Parents will know where their students are, what they are doing and that they are safe while having the time of their lives. And parents can actually go to bed and get a good night’s sleep.
April/May (dates coming soon!)
Immediately following NHS commencement ceremony
Registration is $190.00 for early registration.
The price increases on October 1, 2018 to $220.00, so don’t wait to register!
Registration is easy!
Either use our Online Registration Form or Print and return our downloadable Grad Knight 2018 Registration Form to the “Grad Knight” box in the NHS Counseling Center or mail to Newport High School, Attn: Grad Knight, 4333 Factoria Blvd, Bellevue WA 98006.
Installment payments are available.
Your credit card will be charged over 2 equal installments: September 30, 2017 and April 1, 2018.
Partial scholarships are available.
We have over 400 seniors and hope they will all celebrate their graduation night together in a most fun and safe environment! (have your student see the counselors to learn more)
NOTE: You do not receive a physical ticket. Your payment receipt or check is your proof of payment. When paying by credit card charges will appear on your statement as Reunions With Class.
There are many ways you can help make this event safe, fun and memorable for all our Seniors. If you have questions or other ideas, please just let us know.
Chaperone Grad Knight
All parents are invited to help ensure our graduates are accounted for and move about the venues safely. If you have experience in security or the medical field, you’re especially wanted! (8 hours following graduation) We need about 35 parent volunteers. Click here to volunteer.
We need volunteers during lunches to help sign up students for their Grad Knight bus transportation. Click here to volunteer.
We need volunteers during lunches, Open House or as needed, to help students register!
Sign up today! GradKnight Volunteer Signup – Click here to volunteer.
Purchase A Memory For Life
Please make donation checks out to “NHS PTSA” or Pay On-line by clicking the link below!.
$55 Buys A Quarter Ticket
$110 Buys Half A Ticket
$220 Buys Full Ticket
$2019 Buys Almost 10 Tickets
Traditionally 80% of the Newport graduates attend this event. No one from the Class of 2019 will want to miss this unique opportunity to be a part of a very special night together with friends for one last time. It promises to be an unforgettable night for our seniors – the final farewell and perfect send-off after 13 years of hard work. All NHS 2019 graduates who are qualified to participate in commencement can attend.
Prior to Grad Knight, graduates often “Party Hopped” in their effort to celebrate with as many of their classmates as possible. We will provide a safe, alcohol/drug free and fun alternative keeping kids off the roads and providing peace of mind to parents knowing that their kids are safely celebrating.
Grad Knight 2019 begins immediately following the graduation ceremony. There will be approximately 20-30 minutes following the ceremony for graduates to take photos with family members, change out of their caps and gowns, and check in for their memorable evening. Then they pull an “all-nighter!” The buses deliver the graduates back to Newport High School at approximately 5:00am the next morning.
They will be whisked away to venues reserved just for Newport’s graduating class. We keep the location secret to keep the graduates safe, to ensure that everyone has more fun, and to keep party-crashers out. They will eat plenty of food, enjoy lots of entertainment and activities, and enjoy spending time with their fellow graduates in a safe, fun environment.
Grad Knight is a PTSA-sponsored, non-profit event, orchestrated solely by parent volunteers. In order to host Grad Knight and keep event registration affordable, careful planning and fundraising must be done. The success of this event has always reflected the generous spirit of our community. Whether it’s supporting one of our many fundraisers or making a monetary donation, your contribution is greatly appreciated and is a vital part of our success.
Bus sign-ups take place in April/May. You can sign up with your friends as long as you’re all registered. Following graduation, there will be a check-in table for each bus. Each table will display a large poster listing the names of those on the bus. The buses are organized by color, and you will be given a wristband that matches your bus color.
Please leave all personal belongings, including cell phones, wallets and purses at home or with a parent or guardian. Non-cell phone cameras are permitted if labeled with your name, but you are responsible for them. You will be asked to surrender any personal belongings (except cameras) at check-in. These will be returned to you at the end of the event. To ensure the safety of all graduates, no alcohol, drugs, weapons or cell phones are permitted. Graduates will be searched before boarding buses.
We’ve got you covered. There will be boxes in each venue’s bathrooms (male and female) that contain items such as combs, brushes, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, etc. There will be special boxes held by the chaperones for graduates who require medication during the course of the evening.
Comfortable clothes and shoes.
Each venue provides food and drinks. Please let the Grad Knight committee know in advance of any special food needs.
The buses return you to NHS and a parent/guardian will be required to drive you home. And no, once you have agreed to participate, you need to remain with the group until everyone is returned safely in the morning.
Chaperones will address any issues that arise and if needed, a parent will be contacted to pick up the child.
Registration is $220. The registration fee includes transportation, security, venues, entertainment, food and drinks. A big portion of the cost is bus transportation.
You may pay by personal check, cash, or credit card.
Note: When paying by credit card, credit card charges will appear on your statement as Reunions With Class.
Students should discuss getting a scholarship with their school counselor.
No, due to the advanced planning to organize this event, we are unable to give refunds.
In order to keep the cost of registration affordable, Grad Knight holds several fundraisers. It is a tradition that any leftover funds are passed to the underclassmen as seed money for their Grad Knight events.
Yes! Donations of any amount are most welcome. Simply write one check and include your donation amount. Grad Knight is part of Newport PTSA, a 501(c)3 organization with EIN #91-1134396.
There is a written release that parents/guardians need to sign for their children who will not be 18 years old by the time of graduation. Graduates who are 18 at the time of signing, can sign their own form. By law, they cannot sign until they are 18.
A downloadable PDF permission slip can be can be found by clicking (here).
This is a private party, and this agreement is required for the protection of everyone who is involved in putting the event together – parent volunteers, venues, entertainers, etc.
Have questions? We are here to help. Please contact us by filling out the Contact Form below and we will be in touch with you soon. Thank you for contacting the Grad Knight Committee
Jane Jacobsen (Chair), Wendy Wiley (Co-Chair)