The Commencement ceremony

Commencement exercises are held once a year in May. In order to participate, you must have completed all academic requirements for the appropriate degree and have settled all college accounts and all student disciplinary matters. Any student completing all graduation requirements after the May Commencement will receive a letter indicating successful completion of degree requirements. The diploma will be awarded at the next annual Commencement.

If you are not planning to attend Commencement, you must notify the Registrar's Office and indicate where you would like your diploma mailed.

Exceptions to the Commencement policy are rare, and can only be made by the academic dean. You may petition in writing to the academic dean three weeks prior to graduation, and must be accompanied by an endorsement from one or more of the students’ faculty members or advisors.

We have assembled all of the information you need to know about Commencement here.

Diplomas are issued in the name recorded in the student records database.  Your application for degree should reflect this name.  Initials can be used for the first and middle names if that is preferred.  If the name in the data base is not correct, documentation (legal notice and social security card) is required before any change can be made.

The form for changing a major/minor/concentration is availible on Goucher's website.  When completed submit the form to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies office in VMG 24, where the change will be made.

Graduation Regalia

Your cap, gown, hood, and tassel are ordered once you complete your "Online Application for Degree" form on your myGoucher account and you indicate that you plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony. You will be billed $65 on your Goucher account if you submit this form prior to February 1, 2011. After that date, you will be billed an additional $20 late processing fee.

You can cancel your order by February 28 by resubmitting the "Online Application for Degree" form on your myGoucher account. After that date, you will need to notify the registrar of your decision; the Registrar's Office is in the Student Administrative Services Office in Dorsey Center. There is no refund of these fees for cap and gown after February 28.

The cap and gown are yours to keep and do not need to be returned.

Who may walk at graduation?

Commencement exercises are held once a year in May.  In order to participate, a student must have completed all academic requirements for the appropriate degree and have settled all college accounts and all student disciplinary matters.  Any students completing graduation requirements after Commencement will receive a letter indicating successful completion of degree requirements.  The diploma will be awarded at the next commencement.

Exception to the commencement policy can only be made by the academic dean and are expected to be rare.  Petitions for exception are only considered for students who have been enrolled in the spring for all remaining courses needed for graduation, and for whom unforseen and unpreventable forces at the end of the semester are the cause of the failure to complete those courses.  Such petitions must be submitted in writing to the academic dean three weeks prior to graduation, and must be accompanied by an endorsement from one or more of the student's faculty members or advisers.

How do I get my diploma if I do not attend graduation?

If you are not attending Commencement, you must notify the Registrar's Office at (410) 337- 6090 or registrar@goucher.edu and indicate where your diploma is to be sent.

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