High School Graduation:
Celebrate, But Keep It Safe

It’s that time of year, with high school graduation ceremonies happening across Weld County and Colorado. It’s an exciting time for graduating seniors, their families and friends as they gather to celebrate the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next.

Don’t Serve Teens Alcohol At Graduation Parties

Are you planning a graduation party for a teen? Are you planning on serving alcohol at the celebration and think it’s just a rite of passage for teens to drink a little? While many adults feel this way, it’s still against the law for anyone under age 21 to drink alcohol, and if you serve it, you could be arrested or even held financially liable if someone is injured because of alcohol being served to a minor.

  • If your teen is attending a graduation party, make sure you talk with the party hosts and let them know it’s not acceptable for them to serve alcohol to your teen.
  • Don’t serve alcohol to teens at your home. Even if you don’t know about it, or haven’t provided the alcohol, you could be arrested for it.
  • If teens drink alcohol or use marijuana at a party, they can be arrested. If convicted, it is on their permanent record. They also can never have a career in law enforcement, aviation or some healthcare professions.
  • Teens who drink or use drugs are more likely to be sexually assaulted—even by those they know and trust.
  • If your teen use marijuana or alcohol and drives, they could get a DUI. The average cost of a DUI is more than $10,000.
  • Teens are more likely to make poor choices when they drink or do drugs, like get behind the wheel of a car or ride with someone who has been drinking.
  • Have a conversation with your teen about your expectations, rules and consequences if they drink alcohol or use drugs.

Let’s keep our teens safe during graduation season. They have a lot of exciting things ahead of them, and you want that future to be bright.