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Since 2002, The Party has been Vanderbilt’s premiere community celebration for its graduating students, their families and guests.  Co-sponsored by Vanderbilt Parents and Family Programs, it is held at the apex Peabody Mall and the The Ingram Commons lawn where all freshmen hang out their first year.  A little sentimental and a lot of excitement - that's The Party.

This year is a special one.  Surrounded by a bevy of talented musicians in Nashville, it may come as no surprise that we've secured a who's who in brass and funk - Tim Akers and the Smoking Section.  


Sixteen studio session musicians under the direction of Akers, they cover the sounds of Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, Taylor Swift, and favorites of the generations. The music will be non-stop with DJ Chase Akers filling in at the break. Whether it be the top 25 of iTunes - electro, hip hop, Lady Gaga to The Week'nd there'll be something you'll like: guaranteed.  You have every reason to celebrate your graduate's commencement, but The Smoking Section will get you on your feet for an unforgettable night of fun. 


Gates Open at 8:30 pm
Showtime - 9:00 - Midnight 

$20 for 12 and over
Graduates free

Tables - Sold Out  

Fruit, cheese and snack baskets (must have a reserved table to purchase) $100

Full Cash Bar - Available for 21 or over with valid ID.  Water/Soda Free

Reminder: NO RE-ENTRY

An Important Note:  Parents of graduates may redeem their student's complimentary ticket by using their student ID number.  However, submitting a student ID number is not a prerequisite or a requirement for purchasing general admission tickets or tables.


THE MAP IS IN!  Check out the brand new food garden!  Nashville food trucks will be available all night!

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FAQ about The Party

Who is invited?

Degree candidates (including undergraduate, graduate and professional school students), their families, friends, kid sisters and brothers; its a family-safe events. Other members of the Vanderbilt Community including friends from the administration, faculty and staff.

What is the attire?

No specific requirement. We recommend snappy casual with comfortable shoes for dancing.

Where do I park for The Party?

Several parking lots near The Commons Center Lawn will be available specifically for guests attending this event. Please follow the parking signs.

Can I get a shuttle bus from the parking lots to The Party?

Continuous shuttle service will be provided from the Wesley Place Garage to THE PARTY from 7:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.

Will alcoholic beverages be served?

Yes. Guests of legal age may purchase drink tickets for use at the cash bars. Wristbands are required for purchase. Be prepared to show photo ID that verifies age at the entry gates in order to receive a wristband. Universal Carding is the law in the State of Tennessee. Regardless of age, everyone who plans to drink alcoholic beverages will be required to show ID before receiving a wristband which allows guests of legal age to purchase drink tickets and consume alcoholic beverages at THE PARTY. Free soft drinks will be available for pickup throughout the event site.

Will there be food?

Yes. Dinner will not be served, but party food will be on hand; both free popcorn and pretzels and food to purchase

Where can I find a restroom?

Portable bathroom facilities will be available at the event site. Bathrooms will also be available on the first floor of the Commons Center.

What about disability related needs?

Accessible entrances are available onto the Commons Center lawn on east side of the Commons Center adjacent to Hobbs Lab. There will also be reserved parking for guests with mobility impairments in Lot #84 alongside 18th Ave. S. Please follow the signs.

What happens in case of rain?

THE PARTY will occur outdoors, rain or shine. Download the Commencement App to be notified in the event of severe weather. No umbrellas, please.