2016

Goucher College's 125th Commencement took place on Friday, May 20, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. on the Margaret M. Winslow Great Lawn, between the Athenaeum and Katharine and Jane Welsh Hall, with José Antonio Bowen presiding over the ceremony.

Eboo Patel received an honorary degree and delivered the keynote address.

A member of President Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships and founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, Patel's work rests on his core belief that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. Patel's faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship all inspire him to lead the movement to build this bridge.

Patel is a sought-after speaker who has shared this vision at the TED conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as other college and university campuses across the country. He has written two books about interfaith cooperation, Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground.

Each year a group of staff, faculty, and students get together to create a list of desirable graduation speakers. This year's themed semester has already brought a wide variety of people to campus to discuss the science, ethics, and practice of mindfulness, and Patel will connect that theme with a new, intentional approach to a multifaith world.

2015

Goucher College's 124th Commencement took place on Friday, May 22, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. on the Margaret M. Winslow Great Lawn, between the Athenaeum and Katharine and Jane Welsh Hall, with José Antonio Bowen presiding over the ceremony.

Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis (D-Ga.) received an honorary degree and delivered the keynote address.

2014

Goucher College's 123rd Commencement took place on Friday, May 23, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. on the Margaret M. Winslow Great Lawn, between the Athenaeum and Katharine and Jane Welsh Hall, with President Sanford J. Ungar presiding over the ceremony.

Susan Eisenhower--a widely respected expert on foreign policy and international affairs, particularly U.S.-Russian relations, and the granddaughter of the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower-- received an honorary degree and delivered the keynote address. Margot Perot, a member of the Goucher College Class of 1955, was also awarded an honorary degree. She and her husband, Ross Perot, the former independent candidate for president of the United States, are among the country's most outstanding philanthropists, and they have also been generous to Goucher.

2013

Goucher College's 122nd Commencement exercises took place on Friday, May 24, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. on the Margaret M. Winslow Great Lawn, between the Athenaeum and Welsh Hall. Goucher College presented a live video stream of Commencement.

Judith Viorst - author of the beloved children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayNecessary Losses; and many other works - delivered the keynote address and received an honorary degree. Honors were also given to Kwame Kwei-Armah, the artistic director of Baltimore's Center Stage, and Laura Amy Schlitz '77, a Newbery Award-winning children's author and librarian at the Park School in Baltimore.

2012

Goucher College's 121st Commencement Exercises took place on Friday, May 18, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. on the Winslow Great Lawn, between the Athenaeum and Welsh Hall.  Goucher presented a live video stream of the Commencement exercises. Click here to watch the ceremony from your computer.

2011

Goucher College's 120th Commencement Exercises took place on Friday, May 20, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. on the Winslow Great Lawn, between the Athenaeum and Welsh Hall.  In 2011, Goucher presented a live video stream of the Commencement exercises. Click here to watch the ceremony from your computer.

2010

Goucher College’s 119th Commencement Exercises took place on Friday, May 21, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. on the lawn behind Mary Fisher Hall.

2009

Goucher College’s 118th Commencement Exercises took place on Friday, May 22, 2009, at 10:30 a.m.

2008

Goucher College’s 117th Commencement Exercises took place on Friday, May 23, 2008, at 10:30 a.m.

2007

  • President Ungar's Opening Remarks (Listen Now)
  • Garry Trudeau, Honorary Degree Recipient
  • U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, Honorary Degree Recipient (Listen Now)
  • Sandy Lerner, Honorary Degree Recipient
  • Lisa Gulian, Senior Speaker (Read It | Listen Now)
  • Photo Gallery