Celebrate under the stars at Campus Dance

Campus Dance

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Friday, May 27, 2016 [ 9 pm – 1 am ]

One of Brown’s best-loved Reunion and Commencement traditions, the Campus Dance brings over 11,000 people to Brown to dance the night away under a sky lit with over 600 paper lanterns. The evening joins together graduating seniors and their families, alumni of all ages, and Brown faculty and staff. Everyone enjoys meeting old classmates, seeing favorite professors, and being with friends and family.

The Dance is a fun mix of people dressed in gowns and tuxedos and those dressed more casually in jeans or shorts. The evening ends with the Senior Sing—an informal and light-hearted rendition of Brown’s alma mater.

The College Green is transformed into an outdoor ballroom with a giant dance floor for swinging to the sounds of Duke Belaire and his Swing Orchestra, while the Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle (Lincoln Field) is for the young-at-heart, featuring two of Brown’s student bands. See photo gallery.

Want to buy tickets? Check back in mid-April for online ticket sales.

Ticket pricing and payment options will be available in March.


Campus Dance is an outdoor event and will still be held even with the occurrence of rain. However, in the unlikely event of stormy or severe weather, the Dance will be cancelled and refunds will be issued. Refunds will not be issued for any other reason than a cancellation of the event. Please visit our website for refund instructions.

New Grads: You’ll Soon be Members. [learn more]

All Brown alumni are automatically lifelong members of the Brown Alumni Association (BAA). Thanks in part to proceeds from the Campus Dance, the BAA offers alumni the opportunity to keep learning from Brown faculty, to join and celebrate the diverse alumni community, and to volunteer for Brown. In addition, the BAA offers alumni valuable career support and alumni savings and benefits.