From fun, casual gatherings to unforgettable elegant affairs, graduation is a milestone that should be marked by celebration. Once the commencement speeches have been given and the caps have been sent flying, it’s time to commemorate the hard work and achievements of the past four (or more) years. Whether graduating from high school and moving on to college or graduating from college and moving on to the real world, there is an abundance of wonderful locales and venues to host a party to honor an up-and-coming grad in Atlanta.
103 W. Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
One of Atlanta’s most renowned full-service private dining event venues, 103 West is nestled in the heart of Buckhead. Oozing Southern charm and timeless elegance, its facilities and service are simply unparalleled. The 103 West’s world-class chefs can customize the graduation party menu while the event staff coordinates everything from the entertainment to the décor and more. With space enough to accommodate groups of six to 500 guests, this award-winning locale is sure to please hosts of both intimate affairs and full-blown bashes. Event spaces include the The Lounge, The Club Room and The Paces for smaller gatherings, and the Grand Ballroom and Buckhead Ballroom for larger graduation parties.
Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
For a more adventurous group, Stone Mountain Park offers up a wonderful mix of both indoor and outdoor venues. From a seated catered dinner at Memorial Hall or The Waterfront to an outdoor grill-out at any number of pavilions throughout this 3,200-acre park that surrounds the famed Stone Mountain, the world’s largest piece of exposed granite is the perfect site for a “rockin’” graduation party. With a wide variety of delightful distractions throughout the park and a team of event planners ready to assist, it’s a snap to plan an event of “monumental” proportions. Private terraces are available to rent where party guests can enjoy a lovely dinner right before the Park’s famed Lasershow Spectacular lights up the night sky, complete with fireworks so the evening ends with a BANG!
Emory Conference Center Hotel
1615 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
A perfect locale for graduates of nearby Emory University, the Emory Conference Center Hotel not only offers a selection of incredible event spaces from which to choose, but also provides terrific accommodations for out-of-town guests. In the time surrounding the graduation and the graduation party, guests can enjoy the best that Atlanta has to offer. Many of the city’s highly touted restaurants, historic sites and shopping districts are located within a short drive from the hotel. From a Southern summer courtyard soiree to a full-blown ballroom bash, Emory Conference Center event planners can help the graduate and their family design an unforgettable party.
Hank Aaron Drive S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30315
For a fun and unusual twist on the run-of-the-mill graduation party, Turner Field makes a terrific option. The perfect venue for the grad who loves baseball, Turner Field event planners can set a group up with anything from a suite during a home game to a private club space featuring a catered buffet. It’s easy for a mom and dad to “hit one out of the park” for their graduate when they plan an event at the ever-popular home of the Braves.
Georgian Terrace Hotel
659 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
A treasured site for Atlanta celebrations of all kinds since 1911 – including the premiere gala for “Gone With the Wind” – the Georgian Terrace Hotel is an ideal spot for the graduate who desires a party of historic proportions. Located directly across the street from the iconic Fox Theatre, the graduate will be the one bestowing the gift of a memorable “Atlanta” get-away to his or her out-of-town guests. In addition to lush accommodations in the heart of Midtown, the Georgian Terrace also offers award-winning catering and event spaces that run the gamut from a classic ballroom to a penthouse suite. Because of its proximity to both schools, the Georgian Terrace proves a terrific choice for graduates of Georgia State and Georgia Tech Universities.
Kasie Bolling is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.