Earlier this week, one of Wilton’s best kept secrets was revealed when the Class of 2016 learned this year's Post-Graduation Party (PGP) theme: “Passing the Torch.”

The theme references the 2016 Olympic games being held in Rio de Janeiro this summer and the vibrant Brazilian culture. Wilton’s PGP continues the longstanding rite of passage, when the graduating class hands over their senior status to the juniors — a figurative “passing of the torch.”

The Class of 2016 received their hand-delivered invitations on Sunday, June 5, which revealed the Olympic-themed event and details about what is planned for the night of June 18.

Middlebrook School is in the process of being transformed into a festive Rio- and Olympic-inspired gathering place, and volunteers are finalizing the plans to make this year’s PGP a night to remember.

PGP has been a graduation night tradition in Wilton since 1988. Starting in seventh grade, class parents join forces to plan and implement a graduation night gift of a safe and fun venue for students to celebrate.

Changes


PGP committee chairs had some new restrictions to work with this year regarding the transformation of Middlebrook School.

Due to more stringent fire codes, volunteers are no longer allowed to build temporary floor-to-ceiling walls, which helped create distinct theme-based spaces.

All of the products used in the decorating process now need to be fire retardant, which is cost prohibitive and results in a significant amount of waste. This year, the 2016 PGP committee was able to drastically reduce the amount of paper — using only 20% of the paper than previous years — by employing video and light techniques, for example.

Although these new regulations presented a challenge, the decorating committee was able to creatively segregate spaces using imaginative and environmentally conscious methods.

Additionally, the various PGP committees each put their own spin on the theme and made the event more environmentally friendly by adopting a “quality over quantity” mentality in choosing resources and implementing their vision.

A PGP walk-through will take place at Middlebrook School, 131 School Road, on June 18, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8. The walk-through is open to anyone over the age of 18. Pets and picture-taking will not be allowed.