Graduation from high school or college is a joyous time of culmination and celebration for most students and their families. Nervous energy permeates campuses across the country as young men and women rush to complete their senior projects and pull all-nighters in order to ace their final exams. Emotions run high as nervous seniors count the days, worry about grades, contemplate their futures and prepare to say goodbye to teachers, coaches and friends.

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Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow

And let’s not forget the parties. Graduation parties abound, where the alcohol flows as freely as the promises to stay in touch and remain best friends forever. Many friends and fellow students are departing school for the final time to go their separate ways – some never to be seen again.

Let’s face it. Graduation is an emotionally-charged celebration, filled with equal parts excitement, exhaustion, apprehension, anticipation and a tinge of sadness – just the kind of social situation that can lead to disaster when fueled by too much partying and excessive alcohol.

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