Lakeville Mayor Matt Little insists his grad party tour isn't just about the food, though it is pretty good. Instead, he is hoping to connect with these young graduates to show them public service and community involvement is important and can even be fun.
This year, he asked the class of 2015 to tweet him if they wanted the city's top elected official to stop by their grad party, and he got more than two-dozen invitations.
Mayor Little also gained attention recently when he tweeted that he thinks the city deserves a Chipotle restaurant.
"This is you telling me about the city," he said as he snapped photos with the graduates at a party.
Playing ping pong with the jocks, talking city politics with the grown-ups… Lakeville's 30-year-old mayor is literally eating up every minute of it.
"You gotta pace your food intake because the food is pretty good at these parties," Little said. "I love this job. It's the best thing I have ever done."
Mayor Little has become something of a celebrity in Lakeville, especially with the younger generation through his use of social media.
"I think having the Mayor come to my graduation party is an absolute honor," Paige Follese, a Lakeville North graduate, said. "It's a blessing. So exciting to see he is getting out in the community."
Anna Roesner, a graduate from Lakeville South, said she thinks it's pretty cool that he comes to all the grad parties.
"I've never had any direct communication with anybody else that is elected," Roesner said. "I'm into politics. It's kind of cool."
Lakeville encompasses three school districts -- that's four different high schools for the mayor. He'll hit 12 parties alone this weekend, and wants these young adults heading out into the world having warm feelings about their hometown.
Mayor Little figures that with a little time, a little face-to-face conversations, and creating memories during graduation season will maybe make them think about coming back, and getting involved in their community.
"It's not this big, scary thing to be in office, right?" he said. "It's something normal that regular people do at a young age. Right? They have different opinions. And that's important. They are the future."