What’s New

Takes place Thursday, June 7 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Cariboo Memorial Complex through the Small Arena Entrance near Boitanio Park.

Comfy clothes, shoes, gown/suit bag with hanger (both should be labeled with your name & ID#), a camera(optional) and any toiletries; i.e. deodorant, brush/comb, hair ties or toothbrush. We may have coat racks for the gowns. Parents can pick up gowns/suits between 12:30am -1:00 am at the main entrance, or the gowns/suits can go home with you at the end of the night.

MEDICATIONS: Over the counter medications (Tylenol, Advil, etc.) or prescription medications must be in original sealed containers with the students name on the label.

This is called DRY GRAD for a reason. All bags brought to the Complex will be thoroughly searched. Any items found will be confiscated and you may not be allowed to participate. We do not refund fees for those that do not abide by the rules. Your school principal will be notified. Candies, gums and cigarettes must be in original sealed packaging or they will be disposed of. NO E-CIGARETTES ALLOWED.

If you choose to bring your luggage on the night of Dry Grad, you will be detained in a separate line-up and will have to wait for your bag to be searched. PLEASE BRING $15.00 FOR THE LATE FEE THAT WILL BE CHARGED.


You will need to fill out the following form.

If you haven’t already signed up to help the night of Dry Grad, time is running out. Volunteer names need to be on the MASTER VOLUNTEER LIST and have a Criminal Record Check (CRC) completed to help. Those not on the list may be unable to help unless we have someone you know to verify you are not a risk to the grads and their guests. If you already have a CRC for working with youth and children, i.e. SD#27, Interior Health, RCMP, Ministry of Children and Family Development, etc.

💻📞If you have not been contacted by a team leader or scheduled, you can either send a private message to this facebook page or an email to challissteph@yahoo.com (Stephanie Gannon – chair) and we can forward your info to the appropriate team lead.


See our Facebook page for current information, Williams Lake Dry Grad.

Please share this with those who may not have had a chance or an opportunity to come out to a meeting.


We need volunteers for a variety of things.  Our volunteer numbers are down this year…please help in any way you can!


Our committee is hard at it already, planning the event that will celebrate the accomplishments of the class of 2018!  Shannon Woods is planning activities that will leave you happily exhausted, and not just because you haven’t slept all night.  Jackie Davies is preparing to handle your baggage so you can be comfortable all night.  Angie Brinoni is working creatively to bring your theme, Caribbean Nights, to your prom.  Lynn Samson is ordering prizes and watching for special deals to complete your night.  John Burns will again keep everyone safe and sober.  Cassandra Paterson will lead our fundraisers to pay for this incredible event and Karin Brink and Carrie Kerley are preparing to get it all cleaned up.

We are still looking for volunteers to lead our Donations, Food and Parade committees as well as a secretary to assist in planning this major event.

Below is a rough schedule of events so you can begin to plan for this exciting time.

  • Graduation Ceremonies
    • Lake City Secondary School Friday, June 8th
    • Skyline/GROW,  June 7th
    • Maranatha Christian School Saturday, June 2nd
    • Cariboo Adventist Academy,  Friday June 1st
  • Dry Grad Saturday, June 9th
  • Parade starts at 5:00 pm
  • Dry Grad event:
    • Family time, 7-9
    • Food & dancing 9-11
    • Major activities & pool (& food & dancing) 11pm-4am
    • Raffle prizes 4-4:30
    • Go home 4:30-5

If you are interested in finding out more or to get involved in this great event come to our next meeting on Tuesday February 13th at 7:00pm.



With Gratitude…WL Dry Grad 2017

A huge and gracious THANK YOU to all the other volunteers comprised of parents/guardians, family members and community members, who helped, for giving us some, or a lot of your time, to make the planning of this event by our Committee members, come to life. Without you, it wouldn’t be possible. Please thank the following team leaders for their self-less dedication and hard work with the Dry Grad Committee:
Amber Nustad & Catherine Grondines – Activities
Tracey Koechl and Susan Williams – Baggage
Christina Smith & Brandy Nasuszny – Cleanup
Dave & Wendy Lewis – Donations
Heather & Ben Berkelaar – Decorations
Adele McLearn & Kara Vogt – Food
Gina Alexander & Nyree Alexander – Fundraising
Lynn Samson & Tracey Widdoes – Parade
Lynn Samson & Tracey Widdoes – Prizes
Stephanie Gannon – Secretary
John Burns & Fred Stafford – Security
Cheryl Walters – Treasurer
I have a few lost and found items at my house. Call me at 250-302-8423 or email marilyn.strohschein@sd27.bc.ca to check.
Thank you also to our amazingly generous community for all your support of this event.
We saw the grads parade through the City showcasing their formal attire and all looking so dapper. They were directed along a prearranged route by the coordinated efforts of the Parade team.
Just for one night, our grads and their guests, could play on the large inflatables provided by FunZone Rentals from Kamloops (Thank You); test their skill at the poker tables; challenge their knowledge of acronyms; maybe get hypnotized by Colin Christopher (Thank You), or laugh at their friends who did, and work together to escape the room before the zombies got to them. All prepared by our Activity team leaders.
When you wanted your baggage, we had efficient able body people who didn’t mind running up and down those stairs multiple times to make sure you could get relaxed and comfortable, by our Baggage team. They might be feeling a little sore today.
They were able to dance the night away to music by DJ – Lynden Grosso (Thank You), who provided them with a spectacular light show; which only added to the stunning and impressive Neon Black Light Dance Party theme in the Prom area created by the Decorating team. They worked feverishly and tirelessly these last couple months to design and create those spectacular stunning neon decorations, whether at home or in a hotel room somewhere in the province. The candy treats and coffee bar were well received.
They could feast on delicious food, like pizza, caesar salad, sushi, chicken nuggets, taco-in-a-bag, muffins, chicken drumsticks, etc. and indulge any sweet cravings with goodies provided by local food vendors (Thank You) and all organized by our hard working Food team. Thank you for the splendid array of beautiful flowers Adele.
They were kept safe by our hardworking Security team; who had eyes everywhere, inside and out. They were great at keeping the peace and handling any cases that needed extra care and understanding.
At the end of the night, they had a chance to win some tremendous prizes purchased by our remarkable Prize team. They also went home with a gift package containing souvenirs from Dry Grad 2017 and a soft and cuddly blanket with their school logo.
There were many efforts that went on before this night even happened. Our Donations team delivered lots of letters and made lots of phone calls asking support from our community. We were blessed with many generous donations.
Our Fundraising team worked hard to arrange and sell the tickets for the Dry Grad car raffle, in which one person would win a 2017 Chevy Spark. The WINNER is Rowena Bastien.
At every Committee meeting our secretary diligently kept track of what was said so I could remember when my brain and ears weren’t listening.
Last, but not least because they get to do the cleanup in the end, our Cleanup team who made all the decorations disappear with great help from the Volunteer Fire Fighters (Thank You). There were a few early morning risers who came out to clean up the mess left behind as well. There may have been some scrubbing involved this year.
We’d also like to thank the Cariboo Memorial Complex staff for helping us to have a successful night; Alyssa, Geoff, Garry, Darryl, Louie, Megan, Jordan, Kennedy, Jordan and Nick. We are grateful to have such a place to hold this spectacular and fun filled event. Can’t wait for the new pool for Dry Grad 2018.
Another thank you to the City of Williams Lake for allowing us to hold the parade and use their barricades to block off the intersections. We also appreciate and thank the Williams Lake RCMP detachment for escorting us through the city streets and for being a presence at Dry Grad.
Thank you also to all the schools and their graduates who participated in Dry Grad 2017. We appreciate the schools supporting this event and encouraging your students to join in the fun. Congratulations to the graduating classes of Williams Lake!
Please forgive me if I have forgotten to mention a thank you to anyone. We will put a formal Thank You ad in the Williams Lake Tribune soon. Thank you for being patient with me and all my requests for changes to ads we put in the paper. We are ever so grateful for each person who contributes to the success of Dry Grad. May many blessings come your way!


What is Dry Grad?
Dry Grad is a fun night where graduating students get to celebrate their achievements in an alcohol-free and drug-free environment, which happens on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Activities for graduates and guests will include: prom /dancing; various games and activities; entertainment; great food, and much, much more.

Participating Schools

  • Cariboo Adventist Academy
  • GROW/Skyline
  • Lake City Secondary School
  • Maranatha Christian School

Location of Dry Grad
The entire Dry Grad event takes place in the Cariboo Memorial Complex. The Grad Parade takes place in the streets adjacent to the complex.  When the construction is complete at the Cariboo Memorial Complex, a new parade route map will be created for 2018.