Commencement

Goucher College's Class of 2022 Commencement was 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 addressed the Class of 2022 and was also awarded the honorary degree of doctor of divinity.

Photos and a video of the ceremony have been posted. Graduates, friends, and family, please tag your Instagram posts with #Goucher2022 to have them appear on this webpage

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Dates & Times

The Class of 2022 Commencement was held on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.

Previous ceremonies have been approximately 2.5 hours.

LOCATION

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).

Speakers

Rev. Dr. William Barber II will address the Class of 2022 and will also be awarded the honorary degree of doctor of divinity.

Graduation Ceremonies

Baccalaureate


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.

Baccalaureate

Convocation


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 but also celebrates artistic and civic achievements. A variety of honors and awards will be bestowed.

Convocation

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.

Affinity Graduation Ceremonies

ORDER REGALIA

Our 2022 Commencement Regalia website has closed as of April 15.

If you have not yet ordered your regalia and plan to attend Commencement, please contact the College Store at customer.service@goucher.edu for options.

Livestream

Goucher will present a live video stream of the 2022 Commencement exercises. Watch the livestream here or on Goucher's YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/gouchercollege. An archived version will also be available on YouTube immediately following the ceremony.

TICKETING

Each graduate was granted the opportunity to receive up to six guest tickets for Commencement. Limited tickets are currently available through their MarchingOrder accounts. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. No additional tickets are available beyond what has already been allotted. To enter campus, all graduates must present their Commencement ticket, known as a GradPass. All guests of graduates must have a ticket to enter campus. GradPasses and tickets will be checked and scanned prior to the main gatehouse, which can be presented via printed copy or electronic device. Please have your GradPass ready to display at the gatehouse to be allowed onto campus.

Please note: Anyone without a valid GradPass or ticket will be turned away. (Infants and toddlers do not need a ticket.)

ARRIVING ON CAMPUS

Graduates must arrive by 8 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


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, campus 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).

GUEST SEATING

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.

Photography

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

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 p.m. Please allow time for returning to your car and following signage to exit campus.

Commencement Map

SENIOR CLASS GIFT - TASSEL CAMPAIGN

Information regarding the Senior Class Gift tassel campaign will be updated shortly.

LODGING

For those attending from out of town, see a list of nearby hotels. 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.


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