Commencement Fact Sheet

Plans for Goucher College's 126th Commencement on Friday, May 19, 2017 are well underway! The information below will assist you in preparing for this momentous occasion.


Goucher College has announced that the keynote speaker for the 126th Commencement ceremony will be Leon Botstein, conductor, music historian, and president of Bard College in New York. Botstein is a leading advocate for progressive education and strengthening liberal arts in public life.


Commencement exercises will be held on the Margaret M. Winslow Great Lawn, between the Sanford J. Ungar Athenaeum and the Katharine and Jane Welsh Hall at 10:30 a.m.. Tickets are not required, and seating is based on a first-available basis. Goucher will also be presenting a video "live stream" of the Commencement exercises. To watch the ceremony in real time from your computer, go to or click on the link from Goucher's homepage.

Academic Cords

Students interested in academic cords must speak to their academic centers for availability.


Baccalaureate will be Thursday, May 18, at 4:30 pm in Kraushaar Auditorium. Family and friends are encouraged to join the graduates, faculty, and staff. Our Baccalaureate invites all to reflect on the meaning of the college experience and the transition of commencement, through responsive readings, prayers from many religious and ethnic traditions in different languages, music, and reflections from a graduate and a faculty or staff member.


A list of area hotels can be found on our campus travel website. If you have not already made your reservations, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Baltimore is a popular destination, and many area colleges share the same graduation weekend.


A photographer hired by the college will be on stage during the ceremony to take pictures as you receive your diploma cover. There will be ample time after the ceremony for parents and families to photograph graduates. We ask that guests not take photographs of the diploma presentations, so as not to impede the view of others.


Goucher's yearbook, the Donnybrook, will include photos from commencement as well as other events throughout the year. We partner with Jostens to produce a quality yearbook at a cost of $50. Order online here; click on "shop yearbooks" and enter "Goucher College." Orders can be placed through May 24, 2017, and will be mailed to you next fall at the address you provide. Parents: Consider celebrating your student's milestone by placing an ad in the yearbook. You can enter your own text and photos here, by clicking on "Yearbook Recognition Ads" after entering the Goucher College page. Costs are $275 for full-page, $150 for half page, and $90 for quarter page ad.

Announcements and Class Rings

For information related to graduation announcements and class rings please visit

Senior Gift - Commemorative 2017 Tassel

Graduating seniors who make a generous gift of $20.17 before Commencement will be awarded a Commemorative 2017 Blue & Gold Tassel to wear on their caps for the special occasion - names of those giving the $20.17 Senior Gift amount will also be printed in the May Commemorative program, honoring them as donors. Gifts can be made and tassels reserved via the College's Office of Annual and Affinity Giving Gifts at 410.337.6159 or by emailing Senior gifts of any amount have a great impact at Goucher - no matter the size - and are appreciated!

Guests with Mobility Issues

Guests with mobility issues are encouraged to be here by 10 a.m.