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One Night Only


DATE: Wednesday, May 6

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

PLACE: Commons West Lawn

PARKING:  Lot 77 on 18th Ave. South

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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.


CABBack for the third year, 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?

$25 General Admission through May 5 (Children 12 and under do not require a ticket) cubes
$30 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

Reserved Tables have sold out . You can send an email to to be placed on a waitlist if a table comes available. Please include your name, best phone, best email address and we will contact you if a table comes available and offer you the opportunity to purchase one. 

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, orders may be placed HERE. Limit six bottles per order. 


Gourmet Picnic Totes 

partybag $125

Be sure to pre-order your Gourmet Picnic Tote. Enjoy a variety of artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, hummus and feta spread, baguettes, fresh Caprese salad, accouterments, 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

Food trucks will be available on Horton Avenue from 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm. 


 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. 

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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?

No. Shuttles are only available Friday, May 8, for the Commencement ceremony

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 a 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 accessibility-related needs?

Accessible entrances are available onto the Commons Center lawn on the 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.  A limited number of wheelchairs will be available to reserve onsite.

What happens in case of rain?

The Party will occur outdoors, rain or shine. Download the Vanderbilt App to be notified in the event of severe weather. No umbrellas, please.