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One Night Only


DATE: Wednesday, May 8

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

PLACE: Commons West Lawn

PARKING:  Lot 77 on 18th Ave. South;
shuttles free.

    Order Tickets, Tables, & Totes Here »

Calling all grads, all family and friends of all ages to the place where all Vanderbilt students arrive as first years:  The Ingram Commons.

This beautiful night under the stars kicks off three days of Commencement tradition in an unforgettable way.  Getting one more picture, toasting to what has been and what's to come, it is The Party.


Meet the 2019 Senior Hosts for The Party

Sloane ChmaraSloane Chmara is a senior from Los Angeles who has created a health and wellness business, Kale & Kravings , with the mission to inspire people to step into their happiest and healthiest selves. As a blogger, photo and video creator, author, coach, and entrepreneur, Sloane has been able to inspire people to lead healthier lives at Vanderbilt and across the world. The picture shown was taken while recording a segment with Food Network for their online program ChoppedU. When she isn't making smoothies or photographing rainbow bowls, you can find Sloane doing yoga, dancing, hanging out at the Tri Delta house, or planning her next coaching program!

Kencell NixonKencell Nixon is a Senior from Sacramento, California double majoring in Human & Organizational Development and Communication Studies!  Kencell has been an active member of his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta, a Peer Guide at Vanderbilt Center for Student Wellbeing, a Transfer Student Orientation Leader, and a volunteer at Preston Taylor Ministries with his favorite 5 th grade students! Additionally, Kencell loves school spirit, and you can find him at Vanderbilt sporting events leading the crowd in cheers as the Mic Man of Vanderbilt’s Student section! Upon graduation, Kencell plans to move to Dallas and teach youth in low income communities.

CABBack for a second year in a row we welcome the high energy sounds of The Celebrity All Star Band. The 14-piece band made up of studio musicians and a nationally known vocalist bring cross-generational entertainment for everyone to enjoy. From Bruno Mars to The Temptations, you won't be able to stay off the dance floor once they get started. They bring The Party to a whole new level and you won't want to miss this opening Commencement celebration.

The Celebrity All Star Band will shake things up on stage with our two Vanderbilt Senior Hosts and maybe even you will get the chance to join them on stage too.

How much does a ticket cost?

$20 General Admission through May 7 (Children 12 and under do not require a ticket) cubes
$25 at the door *Please note: Tickets purchased at the door must be paid for with credit card.*

*Vanderbilt Degree Candidates (undergraduate, graduate and professional school students) claim your complimentary ticket here. Use your student ID as a coupon code at check out to claim your ticket. Student ID's are only valid for one ticket.



Reserved Tables and Wine Service


$75 - admission tickets not included

Reserved Table Price: $75 (admission tickets not included). Families may purchase a reserved table for The Party on the ticket website. Each table seats 10 people, but admission tickets are sold separately. Reservations are made on a first come-first serve basis.  Table Wine Service pre-orders for those patrons who would like to skip the line, are also available. If you'd like to order champagne or wine for your table, click here. Limit six bottles per order. Wine pre-orders are closed.

Click here to see where you table is located.


Gourmet Picnic Totes 

partybag $125

Gourmet Picnic Tote orders are closed.

Be sure to pre-order your Gourmet Picnic Tote. Enjoy a variety of artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, hummus and feta spread, baguettes, fresh Caprese salad, accoutrements, and chocolate chip cookies.  This delicious meal serves 10 and comes in an insulated Vanderbilt and Party-branded tote with a keepsake bamboo cutting board.

You don't have to reserve a table to purchase a gourmet tote. Available to all Party guests.

Food Trucks

New this year! Food trucks will be available on Horton Avenue from 6:30pm to 11:30pm. We are excited have the following food trucks available at The Party.

   daddys dogs   smokin   rolled   dans gourmet   mojo

Party with a Purpose

Safe HavenAs a way of giving back, Vanderbilt students will have the chance to volunteer and donate to Safe Haven Family Shelter as part of the 2019 Party with a Purpose initiative. Safe Haven leads the Nashville community's efforts to house, support, empower and advocate for families experiencing homelessness. All volunteers must complete this simple volunteer application and please remember to list Vanderbilt as your school so we can keep track of all the volunteer hours our community is donating. Safe Haven offers many different volunteer opportunities so you can find what best fits you. Collection bins will be on site at The Party for general donations for Save Haven Family Shelter. You can also bring donations to the Commencement Office during normal business hours. 

Not only do we want to get our graduates involved with Safe Haven, we also want to encourage the entire student body to get involved. For every 5 hours that a non-graduating student volunteers with Safe Haven they are eligible for a complimentary ticket to The Party. Please bring your completed form to Baker Building, Suite 808 to claim your complimentary ticket.                                

Special Thanks

We give a huge hand to D&D Events, Dream Catering, Brantley Sound Associates, Bradfield Stage and Lighting, and Music City Tents and Events. thank you for making it all come together again. 

 MCL DDLogo Dream bradfield brantley


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. There will be food to purchase from local food trucks, as well as some free snacks.

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.