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Planning Your Arrival

Planning Your Commencement Ceremony Arrival on Saturday, May 11, 2024

Graduates walking in commencement should check-in beginning 2 hours before their ceremony at Post University Downtown, 140 Bank Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.  This check-in and line-up area is around the corner from The Palace Theater. Graduates and faculty will process as a group to the venue with much pageantry! (In the event of heavy rain, graduates will be asked to check-in at The Palace Theater stage door entrance, located on Brook St.)


Guests of graduates walking in commencement should arrive at The Palace Theater, 100 E. Main Street Waterbury, beginning one hour before their ceremony. We request guests be seated by 15 minutes before their ceremony start time. All guests must have a ticket to enter the theater. There will be no exceptions. Seating is assigned and guests must use the main theater entrance only. Guests arriving after the start of the processional will be asked to wait in the lobby until the processional is complete, and will then be seated.

Parking for students and guests is free at the Garage, 33 Scovill Street, Waterbury. Post University Associates will be positioned at key locations downtown to guide guests as needed!

Guests visiting Waterbury may explore the following lodging options for their stay:

  • Courtyard by Marriott Waterbury Downtown
    62 Grand Street
    Waterbury, CT
  • Hampton Inn Waterbury
    777 Chase Parkway
    Waterbury, CT
  • Quality Inn
    95 Scott Road
    Waterbury, CT
  • Wyndham Southbury
    1284 Strongtown Road
    Southbury, CT
  • The Comfort Inn of Naugatuck
    716 New Haven Road
    Naugatuck, CT


Name: Brass City Bistro
Type: Casual Italian
Address: 812 Hamilton Avenue, Waterbury, CT 06706

Name: The Boilery Seafood & Grill
Type: Causal Seafood
Address: 495 Union Street, Waterbury, CT 06706
Notes: Has outdoor seating

Name: Diorio Restaurant and Bar
Type: Bar Food
Address: 231 Bank Street, Waterbury, CT
Notes: Small venue

Name: Fusion 25
Type: Hibachi/Asian
Address: 123 South Main Street Newtown CT 06470

Name: Good Old Days Pizzeria
Type: Pizza & Cocktails
Address: 19 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06480
Notes: Located in the basement

Name: La Tavola
Type: Upscale Italian
Address: 702 Highland Ave, Waterbury, CT 06708

Name: Maggie Mcfly’s
Type: Casual Bar Food
Address: 6 Woodside Avenue, Middlebury, CT 06762
Notes: Chain restaurant

Name: Marygold’s on Main
Type: Upscale Farm to Table
Address: 19 Main St, Newtown, CT 06470
Notes: Indoor and outdoor seating 

Name: Signatures
Type: Steak House
Address: 29 Leavenworth St., Waterbury, CT 06702
Notes: Small venue close to the Palace Theater

Name: Verdi’s
Type: Upscale Italian-American
Address: 660 Park Road, Waterbury, CT 06708
Notes: Located on a golf course

Name: Viron Rondo Osteria
Type: Upscale Italian
Address: 1721 Highland Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410
Notes: Reservations are highly recommended

Name: Wood-n-Tap
Type: Bar Food
Address: 420 Queen Street, Southington, CT


NOT PERMITTED INSIDE THE THEATER: alcoholic beverages, smoking or vaping, and balloons of any kind.  Balloons will need to be checked in the box office lobby upon arrival and may be picked up following the ceremony. Please note there is no place to store valuables during the ceremony (i.e. large purses, cameras, etc.), so please only bring what is necessary that will fit under your seat or on your lap.


If you need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Post Events Team at [email protected], or the Registrar’s Office at [email protected].