Information for Faculty and Staff
Thank you for supporting our graduates during this momentous occasion! Our graduates are always pleased to see those who have defined so much of their Goodwin University experience join them on this special day. Attendance is mandatory for all full-time faculty and staff. If you are unable to attend, you must email Jean White, Vice President for Human Resources, at .
Here are some things you need to know for our graduates’ big day:
Staff that have volunteered to assist at the ceremony will be receiving separate information and will abide by those instructions. Instructions for staff volunteers specifically will not be found on this page.
Parking and Arrival
Staff: Staff attending the ceremony as guests can park in the lot directly across the street from the front of the stadium building on Main St or in the parking lot toward the back of the building/corner of Trumbull St. There is also a lot on Windsor St. Please refer to the map for the location and address. The gate will open at 3 p.m. for a 4 p.m. ceremony start time.
Faculty: Full-time faculty are required to walk in the ceremony. Full-time faculty processing in the ceremony can park in the lot directly across the street from the front of the stadium building on Main St or in the parking lot toward the back of the building/corner of Trumbull St. Faculty will check in at the gate in front of the stadium building (look for the Frontier sign) and will take the stairs to the Sam Adams Party Deck for lunch and for line-up. Your check in time is 2 p.m. Please be on time. You will be entering through the same gate as guests, so you don’t want to be meshed in with them in line if you are not on time. Full-time faculty that are processing in the ceremony must come dressed in regalia. Part-time faculty that are interested in attending the ceremony as guests will follow the instructions above for staff parking and arrival.
Directions to Dunkin Park
From the West: Take 84 East to Exit 50 (Main Street). Take Exit 50 toward Main St. Use the left lane to merge onto Chapel St S. Turn left onto Trumbull St. Use the middle lane to turn left onto Main St.
From the East: Take 84 West to Exit 50 (US-44 W/Morgan Street). Follow I-91 S/Main St. Take a slight right onto Main St.
From the North: Take 91 South to Exit 32A - 32B (Trumbull St). Continue straight onto Trumbull St.
From the South: Take 91 North to Exit 32A - 32B (Market St). Use the left lane to take Exit 32A-32B for Trumbull St. Continue straight onto Trumbull St.
Tickets will be distributed to staff attending as guests at the gate. This is only so that the stadium can keep track of how many guests are entering. There is no guest limit and no assigned seating. Seating is general admission from sections 101-121. Faculty that are processing in the ceremony will not be receiving tickets.
Duration of Ceremony
The 2023 Commencement will be held outdoors at Dunkin’ Park in Hartford. The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. and will be approximately three hours. Out of respect for all graduates, faculty and staff are asked to stay for the entire ceremony.