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Where to Take the Best Commencement Photos on the Goodwin University Campus

Congratulations on your upcoming commencement! You should be proud of all of your hard work and accomplishments! Sharing your moment with loved ones across your social media channels is something you’ve earned!

Believe it or not, we’ve grown with you! Goodwin’s commencement looks a bit different this year. The ceremonies will be held at Dunkin’ Park in Hartford, CT, on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at 4 p.m.

While planning your commencement photos, don’t forget that Goodwin University is an open campus, and you’re welcome to come down to campus in your commencement regalia and snap those celebratory photos at any time!

To help you plan ahead, we’re giving you the top 5 places on Goodwin’s campus to take your commencement photos.

The Butterfly Garden

Behind our main campus building at One Riverside Drive, you’ll find a wildflower garden built to attract pollinators of all kinds. This time of year, with the spring flowers in bloom and the river as your backdrop, you can take some lovely photos to celebrate your achievements!


The Fallen Star Memorial

Created by artist and sculptor Will Hemsley, The Fallen Star Memorial pays tribute to our fallen heroes and Connecticut gold star families. Adjacent to the Manufacturing building on Pent Rd, the Fallen Star Memorial provides the perfect backdrop for our veteran students and their families.

The Goodwin Bell

The courtyard off of our main campus building at One Riverside Drive is a beautiful location for some unique commencement photos. You’ll find benches, river views, and the Goodwin Bell. One word of caution, if you have your heart set on being photographed by the Goodwin Bell, come early. Sometime right before commencement, the bell will be brought to Dunkin’ Park for the ceremonial ringing of the bell.

The Goodwin Sign

In front of Goodwin’s main building, you can stage a photo with the ‘Goodwin University’ sign above you. You can snap an iconic jump shot with your friends and family here.



Goodwin University Walking Trails

The Goodwin University trails along the Connecticut River and the woodlands along the river’s edge provide the perfect setup for a commencement portrait. Bring your entire family and make a day of it, enjoying the river views on the paved or natural walking trails.

We’re so proud of you and your accomplishments and wish you the best in your future endeavors. Whether you come back to campus to pursue an advanced degree or simply want to enjoy the river views from campus, you will always be a part of the Goodwin family!

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