April 21, 2023

Hotel for Spring Commencement at Nashville Universities

Take advantage of some of Nashville’s finest luxury accommodations in order to attend one of the city’s multiple spring commencement ceremonies! The Union Station Nashville Yards on Broadway is conveniently situated near the heart of Music City, just a hop, skip, and a jump from all the graduation excitement going down this time of year at Tennessee State University, Belmont University, and Vanderbilt University.

Come experience the history, grandeur, elegance, and across-the-board hospitality on offer here at our Marriott Autograph Collection hotel, and enjoy easy access to the respective commencement venues.

In this blog post, we’ll run down some of the basic details of the Spring 2023 Commencement goings-on at Tennessee State, Vanderbilt, and Belmont, and dig into just why our hotel—situated in the happening Nashville Yards district—makes such a perfect choice for boutique luxury accommodations.

Spring Commencement 2023 at Tennessee State University

Spring graduation this year at Tennessee State University takes place on Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th. The venues—the Howard C. Gentry Center Complex and William J. Hale Stadium—are both within a 15-minute drive of The Union Station Nashville Yards.

The Friday ceremony, which focuses on graduate students, takes place at the Gentry Center Complex beginning at 5 PM.

On Saturday, undergrads receive their diplomas in a commencement ceremony starting at 8 AM in Hale Stadium.

Vanderbilt University’s Spring Graduation Ceremonies

The campus of Vanderbilt University lies only about a mile from our luxury hotel. Its graduation events take place Thursday, May 11th and Friday, May 12th.

Thursday is Vanderbilt’s Graduates Day, which gets going at 11 AM on Commons Lawn.  This year’s Graduates Day keynote speaker (and 2023 Nichols-Chancellor’s Medalist) is the journalist Maria A. Resse, who was awarded (along with Dmitry Muratov) the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021.

That evening, from 7 to 9 PM, Graduates Day will feature a general celebration with food and live entertainment on hand.

Saturday the 12th marks Commencement itself, held on Alumni Lawn beginning at 9 AM.

The main ceremony featuring all graduates takes place first, followed by the dismissal of graduate- and professional-school graduates to their respective ceremony locations and then the undergrads walking the stage for their diplomas.

Spring Commencement at Belmont University

Also just a hop, skip, and a jump from The Union Station Nashville Yards, Belmont University holds its 2023 spring commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th at the Curb Event Center.

Friday’s ceremonies award all Belmont University master and doctoral candidates. On Saturday, the morning ceremony, which begins at 9:30 AM, confers diplomas on undergraduates of the Jack C. Massey College of Business and MIke Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business.

An afternoon ceremony (2:30 PM) follows featuring bachelor candidates of all other colleges.

The Union Station Nashville Yards: The Perfect Luxury Hotel for Attending Nashville’s Spring Commencements

Now’s very much the time to reserve your guest room or suite here at The Union Station Nashville Yards for spring commencement in town. We’re a popular place to stay, after all, and accommodations are already filling up.

Our luxury hotel, situated in the spectacular Gilded Age landmark of a former L&N Railroad train terminal, offers some of the very best hospitality in Music City. The elegance of our Richardsonian-Romanesque architecture, extensive local art collection, and other design and décor elements comes matched in our 125 bespoke rooms and suites.

Throw in all of our upscale amenities and regular on-site events—not least the evening live music at our ERGO lobby lounge—and you’ve truly got an unbeatable Nashville home base for spring commencement.

Honor Your Graduate at Stationairy, a Modern American Bistro at The Union Station Nashville Yards

In Nashville, of course, you’re very much spoiled for choices when it comes to topnotch dining establishments at which to celebrate that brand-new graduate in your life. A room or suite at The Union Station Nashville Yards puts you nice and close to a great diversity of eateries in our general neighborhood.

But one of the top choices in town lies right within our hotel: Stationairy, our very own bistro-style restaurant. The warm, stylish ambience—enhanced by 22-foot-high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, original granite walls, and other grand features—makes Stationairy a suitably memorable and festive setting for honoring a hard-working student on the cusp of a thrilling new chapter of life.

And that’s not even touching upon the food itself: Modern American Cuisine stacked with such gastronomic champions as Rock Shrimp Hush Puppies, Duck Confit Flatbread, Coal-Fired Corn on the Cob, Union Station Smoke Stack Chicken, and 48-Hour Slow-Cooked Prime Short Rib. Looking to treat your graduate to an unforgettable brunch? We have just launched our brand-new brunch menu, full of hand-crafted cocktails and fresh takes on classic brunch favorites.

With such a vibrant menu—and those exciting views out over bustling Broadway from the soaring arched windows—Stationairy is also a great idea for an organized private event celebrating your graduate. You can learn more about arranging such a toast-studded happening here.

A Private Graduation Party at The Union Station Nashville Yards

And on that note, The Union Station Nashville Yards offers numerous other venues for private parties and other events, from the covered outdoor terrace of the Veranda to the magnificent Grand Lobby itself, capable of hosting as many as 500 guests. It all adds up to better than 11,000 square feet of event space, supported by attentive coordinating services and some top-quality catering menus.

Explore what our regal hotel—on the National Register of Historic Places—can provide when it comes to a private graduation shindig right here.

Reserve Your Luxury Boutique Autograph Collection Accommodations for Spring Commencement in Nashville, TN Today

May is truly just around the corner, and plenty of proud folks will be coming to Music City—and The Union Station Nashville Yards—to watch the latest cohort of university graduates walk the stage. We hope you’ll consider our Marriott Autograph Collection hotel for your Nashville commencement accommodations—and, again, suggest you lock down your luxurious guest room or suite for the occasion sooner rather than later.

And hey, while we’re at it: Here’s an early congratulations to each and every graduate at these fine local institutions!