Information for Parents and Guests

Happy graduate at commencement

Goodwin University is pleased to welcome you to the 2023 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:


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 parking lot on Windsor St. Please refer to the map for location and address. The gates will open at 3 p.m. for a 4 p.m. ceremony start time. Guests requiring accessibility services must register in advance. The main gate will open at 2 p.m. for guests requiring accessibility services ONLY.

Commencement parking map

Arrival & Entry

The 2023 Commencement will be held outdoors at Dunkin’ Park in Hartford. The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. Guests will be receiving tickets for entry as they line up 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.

Food and Flowers

Complimentary water will be available at the gate and in the concourse. Concession stands will be open. Flowers for purchase will also be available.


A livestream of the ceremony will be available on the Goodwin University website for guests who are unable to attend in person.


GradImages is the official photographer for the 2023 Commencement. A package with proofs and order information will be mailed to graduates' homes after graduation.

Commencement Printed Program

Printed programs will be available upon entering the main gate.

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.