Ceremonies and Traditions

Each year the Goodwin Community comes together for a variety of ceremonies. All members are encouraged to participate in these special events.

Grad expo:

Grad Expo is an enjoyable, memorable, and important pre-graduation event. On this day, we celebrate your accomplishments, verify that you are clear to graduate, and have your cap and gown ready for pick-up.


Graduation is the final ceremony of the college experience. Every June, students receive their diplomas and move from student status to alumni status.

Nursing pinning:

At the conclusion of each semester, the Nursing Department celebrates those students who have competed the associate degree in Nursing. Students are “pinned” with a pin representing the College by the program director. Additionally, students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and have attained a “B” or better in each of the 5 nursing courses are inducted into the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society. The program concludes with a candlelight service during which the graduates recite the nursing pledge.

The awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of students in spring: honor societies:

Alpha Sigma is the Goodwin College Chapter of the Tau Upsilon Alpha National Organization for Human Services Honor Society. The purpose of Tau Upsilon Alpha is to honor academic excellence; to foster lifelong learning, leadership, and development; and to promote excellence in service to humanity. The three Greek letters are an expression of the ideals of Human Services. The Tau meaning life, Upsilon meaning foundation for everything that comes, and Alpha meaning first. Together, these symbols indicate the desire for excellence in the profession of Human Services.

The Kappa Mu Chi chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda at Goodwin College is the school’s first and only honor society exclusively for baccalaureate students. Nationally, ASL began in 1946 at Northwestern University and has now grown to over 300 chartered chapters throughout the U.S. Alpha Sigma Lambda is the oldest and largest chapter-based honor society for full- and part-time students and remains dedicated to adult students who achieve high academic standards while balancing professional and personal responsibilities.

Lambda Beta is the National Honor Society for the profession of respiratory care. Lambda Beta was formed in 1986 to promote, recognize, and honor scholarship, scholarly achievements, service, and character of students, graduates, and faculty members of the profession.

Phi Theta Kappa is a national honor society that recognizes students for outstanding academic excellence. The purpose of Beta Rho Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Goodwin College is the promotion of scholarship, the development of leadership and service, and the cultivation of fellowship among qualified students of the College.