Dry After Grad

Welcome Parents!

What is a Dry After Grad (DAG)?

A Dry After Grad is an all-night, parent supervised celebration, for graduating students only. The DAG is intended to reflect the graduates’ achievement and acknowledge their high school completion. The party will include entertainment, music, food, activities, games, etc. Attendance by the student is optional but students cannot attend the DAG if they do not attend the Dinner and Dance event immediately preceding the DAG.

DAG has been a McMath tradition since the 1990s and students look forward to this event as a highlight of their graduation festivities. Last year we had approximately 200 students attend.

Why is it important?

Graduation night has long been associated with risky and illegal behaviours that can harm students and their communities. The main goal is to provide a safe ALCOHOL, DRUG and TOBACCO FREE alternative on grad night and to send a message that drugs and alcohol are not essential to have FUN. This prohibition is strictly enforced.


In the McMath school rotunda and various wings.


Directly following the Grad Dinner and Dance event at the Fairmont Waterfront in Downtown Vancouver, starting After 11 pm. In 2020, the event will be held on June 25th, 2020 to 5 am June 26th.

Who organizes the DAG?

At McMath, every year a newly formed Grade 12 Parent DAG Committee organizes and runs the event with the help of Grade 11 parent volunteers who act as “shadows” to learn the ropes for the following year. An event this size requires a large group of grade 12 parents, of whom approximately 12 Chair each of the committees below:

  • Chair/Co-Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Bag Drop off
  • Decoration
  • Entertainment
  • Food
  • Fundraising (optional based on available budget)
  • Donations
  • Red Carpet
  • Security
  • Takedown
  • Transportation

How are the chairs determined?

Parents in attendance at the Grade 12 parent night in September volunteer for the various committees above.  Chairs are selected within each committee by the end of the first DAG meeting in October. 


In addition to the Grade 12 parent committee chairs and committee members, 60 to 80 volunteers are required to execute the DAG event. These volunteers are grade 11 and (if necessary) grade 10 parents. Parents set up the day before, supervise on the night of and take down directly after the event. Parents who have skills in carpentry and lighting would be especially helpful.

How can you help?

Meetings are approximately once per month until May and June, then approximately 2 times per month as necessary.

Come to the meetings to learn more about DAG. You might be interested in becoming a committee member and or a volunteer on the night of.