Commencement Fact Sheet

Plans for Goucher College's 127th Commencement on Friday, May 25, 2018 are well underway! The information below will assist you in preparing for this momentous occasion.


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 am. Tickets are not required, and seating is based on a first-available basis. Guests can save up to six seats and guests must be present with their parties’ seats at all times. At 10:20 a.m. all unclaimed seats will be open for additional guests.

Live Video Stream

Goucher will be presenting a live video stream of the Commencement exercises. To watch the ceremony in real time from your computer, visit the Commencement videos webpage 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 24, at 4:30 pm in Kraushaar Auditorium. 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. 

In Absentia

Undergraduate Students: Students who intend to receive their degree in absentia (those who will not be attending the ceremony) should notify the Registrar by emailing, no later than one week prior to Commencement.

Graduate Students: Must notify Christina Berke by emailing


A list of area hotels can be found in this document (PDF) or 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. See the photo galleries page for photos from previous commencement ceremonies.

Announcements & Class Rings

For information related to graduation announcements and class rings please visit

Seniors: Senior Class Gift - Tassel Campaign

Graduating seniors who make a generous gift of $20.18 to support current and future Gophers will be awarded a commemorative 2018 Blue & Gold Tassel to wear on their caps and in recognition of their support – names of those making the Senior Class Gift will also be printed in the May commencement program, honoring them as donors. All senior givers will also be invited to attend a special “Senior Toast” in the spring. To find out how to make your Senior Class Gift and give back, please contact or 410.337.6080.

Parents: Senior Parent Gift - "In Honor Of"

This semester will be an exhilarating time for both you and your student—a time to celebrate the culmination of four years of challenge, growth and success! We know that families are there every step of the way in their student’s educational journey, and understand the work and perseverance it takes to get to commencement. Won’t you recognize this wonderful accomplishment with a gift in honor of your graduating senior? Graduates whose families give in their honor will receive special recognition in the keepsake commencement program commemorating this special day!

Please contact Susan Cohen P'18, Director of Parent Engagement, at or call (410) 337-6074 to learn more, or go directly to and make your donation today!

Guests with Mobility Issues

Guests with mobility issues are encouraged to arrive by 10 a.m.. Ample seating for guests with mobility limitations will be provided in a designated area. When you arrive on campus, public safety officers will direct you to special parking areas.