Goucher College's Class of 2022 Commencement will be held on Friday, May 27, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. on the Margaret M. Winslow Great Lawn with President Kent Devereaux presiding over the ceremony. Rev. Dr. William Barber II will address the class of 2022 and will also be awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.
For those unable to attend in-person, a livestream will be available.
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Dates & Times
The Class of 2022 Commencement will be held Friday, May 27, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.
Previous ceremonies have been approximately 2.5 hours.
The Commencement ceremonies will be held outdoors, rain or shine, on the Winslow Great Lawn. Goucher will adhere to all state and national public health guidance for physical distancing, face coverings, and other measures due to the continuing pandemic, should there be any.
Winslow Great Lawn is between #2, The Athenaeum, and #14, Katharine and Jane Welsh Hall, on the Campus Map (PDF).
Rev. Dr. William Barber II will address the class of 2022 and will also be awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.
We invite all graduates, families, friends, faculty, and staff 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.
The Goucher community is cordially invited to celebrate the academic and artistic achievements of its students at the annual Convocation celebration. Convocation not only recognizes students who have earned academic honors, it also celebrates artistic and civic achievements. A variety of honors and awards will be bestowed.
Affinity Graduation Ceremonies
Affinity Graduation Ceremonies honor the accomplishments and experiences of Goucher graduates from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities. These ceremonies highlight the personal and academic successes that have shaped a student’s journey at Goucher College. While celebrating common experiences, Affinity Graduation Ceremonies also provide an opportunity for reflection, gratitude, and inspiration for aspiring seniors.
Our 2022 Commencement Regalia website has closed as of April 15th.
If you have not yet ordered your regalia, and are planning on attending commencement, please contact the College Store at email@example.com for options.
Each student participating in the 2022 Commencement will be allotted four (4) guest tickets. An email will be sent to all students eligible to attend graduation, by our ticketing partner, MarchingOrder, which will provide instructions on how to claim your tickets. The deadline to claim tickets is May 15, 2022. Any unclaimed tickets will be placed back in the ticket pool and redistributed at a maximum of two (2) tickets on a first come, first served basis.
Graduates and their guests MUST HAVE TICKETS, whether paper or electronic (smart phone) and be prepared to display them at the gatehouse to be allowed onto campus.
Campus Safety will check tickets. ANYONE WITHOUT A TICKET WILL BE TURNED AWAY.
Tickets are non-transferrable.
ARRIVING ON CAMPUS
Graduates must arrive by 8:00 a.m. to accommodate the Campus Safety checks at the gate.
Graduates should arrive robed or don their robes at their cars and be in the Dorsey Courtyard by 9:15 a.m. to line up for the processional and receive further instructions.
More information on the line-up will be provided closer to the date.
Enter through the main campus gate at 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, 21204.
CAMPUS GUEST ENTRY
Graduates may drive separately from their guests due to their earlier arrival time for line-up.
Each person (graduate & guests) must have:
- A ticket
- As of 3/29/2022, masks are required in all indoor facilities on campus. The COVID safety guidelines will be updated as more information is available.
PLEASE NOTE: Graduates and guests without the appropriate check-in items, or cars with more than the allotted number of guests, WILL BE TURNED AWAY to maintain safety protocols. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Parking is in the Dorsey Lot. Once through the gate, turn at the second left. Staff will be in place to provide direction.
Limited Mobility Drop Off
Those with limited mobility may be dropped off at the Athenaeum (#2 on campus map). Once checked in at the gatehouse by Campus Safety, follow signage.
No Campus Re-Entry
After a car with the maximum number of guests has been checked in by Campus Safety, if guests leave campus, they will not be readmitted.
GUESTS WHO REQUIRE ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES
Guests who need accessibility services are encouraged to arrive by 9 a.m. When you arrive on campus, public safety officers will direct you to special parking areas. Ample seating for guests with mobility limitations will be provided in a designated area along the perimeter of the lawn. Please look for the reserved seating signs or ask an usher for assistance if you cannot find one of these locations. Individuals who require American Sign Language are encouraged to sit close to the front of the audience, where there will be a better view of the interpreter. Closed captions will also be viewable on a livestream of Commencement on screens in the Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum (#2 on map), and Mary Fisher Dining Center (#15 on map).
There will be both indoor and outdoor seating options—first come, first served.
- Guests seating will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. the morning of the ceremony.
- Seats may not be saved.
- Chairs should not be moved.
A photographer hired by the college will be on stage during the ceremony to take pictures as graduates receive their diploma cover. There will be ample time after the ceremony for guests to photograph graduates. We ask that guests not take photographs of the diploma presentations, so as not to impede the view of others. See the photo galleries page for photos from previous commencement ceremonies.
Restrooms will be available inside the Athenaeum next to the Commencement location, Winslow Great Lawn.
POST CEREMONY ACTIVITIES
We know graduates will be excited to see faculty and staff! Following the ceremony, there will be designated areas where graduates and guests may briefly visit with faculty and staff, observing physical distancing and wearing face coverings. A map outlining the areas will be provided closer to the ceremony date.
There will also be designated areas for picture taking, which we encourage! Follow signage and continue to observe physical distancing while taking your photos. We’d love to see them: use hashtag #Goucher2022 on social media.
The campus will remain open until 3:00 p.m. Please allow time for returning to your car and following signage to exit campus.
SENIOR CLASS GIFT - TASSEL CAMPAIGN
Information regarding the Senior Class Gift tassel campaign will be updated shortly.
For those attending from out of town, a list of nearby hotels can be found here. A Goucher discount may be available, so please ask, but pricing is at the discretion of the hotel.
On-campus housing will not be available for those students not already residing on campus.