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One Night Only


It is the celebration of the year.  All grads. All ages. One night where it all began - The Commons.  A Vanderbilt family tradition since 2002.

PahtayLive Music and Entertainment with sounds from The Celebrity All Star Band. Enjoy your final moments at school dancing, getting the all-important picture with your classmates, grab a bite at the food garden from one of our local food trucks, and have fun under the stars. You did it.


DATE: Wednesday, May 9

TIME: 9:00 pm - Midnight (doors open at 8:30 pm)

PLACE: Commons West Lawn 

PARKING: Free - shuttles available

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sam_edwardsFor the first time ever, The Party will have a student host.  Vanderbilt's 2017 Outstanding Senior, Sam Edwards, will welcome guests and get the night rolling.  If you are a Vanderbilt Athletics fan you may recognize Sam. Not only is he Outstanding Senior, he is also one of the three Mic Men for Vanderbilt Athletics. He spent every home football game hyping up the student section, leading cheers, and creating new traditions.

John MSeen on Season 13 of the Voice, Celebrity All Star Band's performance will bring the crowd to their feet. Nashville's own DJ Brandon Rolland will be on hand to expand the sounds of the night. Plan on a celebration to remember.  





How much does a ticket cost?

$20 General Admission through May 8 
$25 at the door

*Vanderbilt Degree Candidates (undergraduate, graduate and professional school students) claim your complimentary ticket here.

Reserved Tables

sold outThere is still plenty of general seating, but our reserved table section is now full. If you would like to get your name on a waitlist please contact Reservations made on a first come-first serve basis, includes seating for 10.
$75 - admission tickets not included

If you have purchased a reserved table be sure to get your admission tickets online.

Gourmet Picnic Totes & Food Trucks

partybag Enjoy a variety of artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, hummus and feta spread, baguettes, fresh Caprese salad, accoutrements, and chocolate chip cookies.  Comes in an insulated Vanderbilt and Party branded tote with a keepsake bamboo cutting board.  Serves 10.

You don't have to reserve a table to purchase a gourmet tote. Available to all our Party guests, pick up will be conveniently located onsite.

NEW for 2018 - Reserved table holders may purchase wine or champagne by the bottle, delivered directly upon your arrival.  These are sold separately through D&D Events. Pre-order up to 4 bottles! Click  here for more information. 

The Food Garden will have plenty of food options for purchase with cash or card.  See our official 2018 line up of food trucks and vendors  here.

Place Your Order 

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Party with a Purpose

This year Vanderbilt students have a chance to give back to the community they have called home for the past four years.  Collection bins will be onsite at The Party for the Nashville Humane Association. The NHA has been giving homes to lost and abandoned pets for nearly 75 years.  They would greatly appreciate any new or used towels and blankets.  Please see their wish list here for more items.  

                                       dog NHA logo cat

Special Thanks

Thanks to our sponsors, Vanderbilt Parents and Family Program and VU Connect. We give a huge hand to G Catering for providing the design and edibles of our totes and for keeping the staff full. To our long-standing partners and friends at D&D Events, Brantley Sound Associates, and Bradfield Stage and Lighting, thank you for making it all come together again. Lastly to Music City Tents and Events, welcome aboard.






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 pm until 12:30 am.

Will alcoholic beverages be served?

Yes. Guests of legal age may purchase drinks at the bar.  Wristbands are required for purchase. Be prepared to show photo ID that verifies age 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 and water 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 snacks and food to purchase from local food trucks.

Where can I find a restroom?

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

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.