Marguerite Barland ’60 Merit Award

Since 2015, the Marguerite Barland ’60 Merit Award has been presented annually in February at Goucher’s Jewell Robinson Dinner in honor and celebration of our first African American graduate, Marguerite Barland. 

Congratulations to our 2018 recipient, Altomease Rucker Kennedy '71! Kennedy was honored at the annual Jewell Robinson Dinner on Friday, February 23, 2018 in recognition of her achievements as a leading African-American trial lawyer, and for her contributions to Goucher both as a student and later as an alumna serving on the Board of Trustees. Kennedy is featured in the February 2018 edition of the Goucher Newsletter.

Named for the first African American to graduate from Goucher College, this annual award will celebrate one or more alumnae/i who in her or his professional and private life has significantly contributed to the diversity of our campus community through leadership—as a mentor, role model, volunteer, or philanthropic supporter of the college. Throughout their lives, these individuals will have exemplified Goucher’s Community Principles—respect, inclusion, communication, service and social justice, and responsibility—and by doing so, they will have enhanced and inspired our community.

  • Altomease "Al" Rucker Kennedy '71 (3rd from left) accepts the 2018 Marguerite Barland ’60 Merit Award at the 12th annual Jewell Robinson Dinner, February 23, 2018.