Information for Graduates
Congratulations on your graduation from Goodwin College. Commencement is the college-wide celebration to honor your accomplishments. We look forward to celebrating with you!
Here are some things you need to know in order to make your day PERFECT:
8 a.m. - Graduate check-in and line up
9:15 a.m. - Tent opens for guest seating
10:00 a.m. - Ceremony begins
1:00 p.m. - Ceremony concludes
Parking will be available at :
River Campus (Main Campus)
One Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06118
403 Main Street
East Hartford, CT 06118
Riverside Magnet School at Goodwin College
29 Willowbrook Road
East Hartford, CT 06118
Caps and Gowns
Caps and gowns must be picked up at the Grad Expo on Saturday, May 14. If a graduate cannot make it to the Grad Expo, the last day for cap and gown pick-up will be Wednesday, June 1. Graduates must come to the commencement ceremony with their caps and gowns. All gowns must be returned to the check-in area after the commencement ceremony. Bins will be available for graduates to drop in their gowns. Graduates are welcome to keep their cap and tassel.
GradImages is the official photographer for the 2016 Commencement. A package with proofs and order information will be mailed to graduates’ homes after commencement. Goodwin College is providing each graduate with a complimentary 5x7 photo from the ceremony.
Duration of Ceremony
The 2016 Commencement will be held outdoors on the Goodwin green under a large white tent. The ceremony begins at 10 am and will be approximately three hours. Out of respect for all graduates, please stay for the entire ceremony. We allow recognition of the moment with clapping; however, we ask that it be kept to a minimum in consideration of each graduate.
Check-In and Lineup
Graduates should arrive at 8 a.m. Check-in will be in the parking lot adjacent to 195 Riverside Drive. Graduates will be directed there once they arrive to campus. During this time, class marshals will provide graduates with name cards and assist with the lineup. You will hand your name card to a member of Administration before walking across the stage, so please keep it with you at all times.
The ceremony commences with a quartet playing while the Board of Trustees, Administration, Honorary Degree Recipients and faculty enter the tent and take their seats on stage and other designated areas. Once they are in their locations, graduates will enter the tent in a formal procession and will be shown to their seats.
This will be done in order by department and with bachelor degree recipients first, associate degree recipients second and collegiate certificate recipients third.
Presentation of Degrees
Graduates will be directed, row by row, to the stage. Prior to approaching the stage, a photo will be taken. Once on stage, graduates will present their card to a member of Administration, who will announce their name and degree information. After being introduced, each graduate will walk across the stage to shake hands and receive a diploma cover from President Mark Scheinberg while a second photo is taken. Graduates will then exit the stage for a third photo before returning their seats. All photos will be taken by GradImages.
Diplomas will not be distributed at commencement. Graduates will receive an email to their Goodwin College account in mid-June when diplomas are available for pick-up.
End of Ceremony
At the end of the ceremony, President Mark Scheinberg will address the audience with closing remarks. Graduates are expected to remain in their seats until all of the Board of Trustees, Honorary Degree Recipients and Administration have left the stage. Class marshals will direct graduates to the tent exits and then to the faculty receiving lines which are organized by department. Graduates will then be directed to the check-in area to return their gowns. All gowns must be returned before leaving campus. Graduates are welcome to keep their cap and tassel.
Commencement Printed Program
Graduates will have a program book that describes the ceremony and lists graduates’ names on their seats.
Ceremony “Do’s” and “Don’ts”
- Do arrive at check-in 30 minutes early.
- Do take traffic into consideration.
- Do arrive appropriately dressed with your cap and gown. Extra caps and gowns will not be available. Without proper regalia, you will not be able to participate in the ceremony.
- Do keep your name card with you at all times. You will be presenting it to a member of Administration before walking across the stage.
- Do stay for the entire ceremony.
- Do be sure to use the lavatory prior to the start of the ceremony.
- Don’t carry or wear flowers.
- Don’t carry a cell phone, purse, backpack or any other kind of bag. We suggest that you leave those items with a guest.