Information for Parents and Guests

Happy graduate at commencement

Goodwin College is pleased to welcome you to the 2019 Commencement. We are delighted to be celebrating with you and your family at this exciting time.

Here are some things you need to know for your graduate’s big day:


Parking will be available at:

Goodwin College
River Campus (Main Campus)
One Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06118

Goodwin College
403 Main Street
East Hartford, CT 06118

Riverside Magnet School at Goodwin College
29 Willowbrook Road
East Hartford, CT 06118

Connecticut River Academy at Goodwin College
Nine Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06118


Click here for directions to Goodwin College’s River Campus and other parking areas.


The 2019 Commencement will be held outdoors on the Goodwin green under a large white tent. The ceremony begins at 10:00 am and the tent will be open for guest seating at 9:15 a.m.


GradImages is the official photographer for the 2019 Commencement. A package with proofs and order information will be mailed to graduates’ homes after graduation. Please note that guests will not be allowed to come to the front of the stage or into the aisles for photos of or with their graduate.

Commencement Printed Program

A program book describing the ceremony and listing the graduates’ names will be distributed to guests by graduation volunteers prior to seating.

Duration of Ceremony

The duration of the ceremony is approximately three hours. Out of respect for all graduates, guests are expected to remain 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.

Live Stream

A live stream of the ceremony will be available on the Goodwin College website for guests who are unable to attend the commencement ceremony.


Please be aware that balloons are not allowed in the tent.

Goodwin College Swag

The Goodwin College Bookstore will be open for any Goodwin College merchandise you would like to purchase.

Keeping tabs on your graduate? Visit the Information for Graduates page to learn how our students will be participating in graduation festivities.