Key Dates & Events for Commencement

Please note the following important dates and events for Goucher's 2020 Commencement.

October 1, 2019

 

December 2019 degree candidates ought to have completed and submitted their “Application for Degree” by this deadline. If you are a December graduate and did not complete this form or need to edit what was submitted, please contact the Registrar’s Office immediately.

February 1, 2020

Undergraduate Students

Students completing degree requirements in spring 2020 should notify the Registrar’s Office of your intent to graduate by completing the “Application for Degree.” This form must be completed regardless of your intention to attend the Commencement Ceremony or not. The form will be available online as a link through your myGoucher account until February 1. If you do plan to attend the May ceremony, this form is used to verify your name, permanent address, degree, etc.. If you do not plan to attend the ceremony, the Application for Degree is used to confirm your permanent address on record, which is where your diploma will be mailed. Any student who has not submitted this form by February 1 must contact the Registrar’s Office for assistance and will be charged a $20.00 late fee.

All August 2020 degree candidates must also complete the “Application for Degree,” by February 1. Students who are completing degree requirements in summer 2020 are not automatically permitted to walk in the May 2020 Commencement Ceremony. Students may be permitted to walk in the spring ceremony only if they are approved to do so by Associate Provost Moreno-López (see April 12 date below for more details).

Any May or August degree candidates who do not submit the Application for Degree form by February 1 must contact the Registrar’s Office for assistance and will be charged a $20.00 late fee.

Graduate Students

Students completing degree requirements in spring 2020 should notify the Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies of your intent to graduate by completing the “Application for Degree.” This form must be completed regardless of your intention to attend the Commencement Ceremony or not. The form will be available until March 1 (please follow the link in the original email). If you do plan to attend the May ceremony, this form is used to verify your name, permanent address, degree, etc.. If you do not plan to attend the ceremony, the Application for Degree is used to confirm your permanent address on record, which is where your diploma will be mailed.

All December 2019 and August 2020 degree completers who wish to participate must notify Christina Berke at Christina.Berke@goucher.edu.

April 12

Undergraduate Students

Last day for August degree candidates to petition to walk in the May ceremony. An email must be sent to Dr. Moreno-López, cc’d to Danielle Barnhart, requesting permission to walk. If approved, Dr. Moreno-López’s Office will notify the Registrar’s Office.

Graduate Students

Last day for August degree candidates to petition to walk in the May ceremony. An email must be sent to Christina Berke, requesting permission to walk. If approved, Christina Berke will notify the Registrar’s Office.

May 9, 4:30 p.m.

International Student Reception

The reception is an opportunity to honor Goucher’s international students and students who strongly identify as having an international background. More info

May 8, 4:30 p.m.

Convocation

The Goucher community celebrates the academic and artistic achievements of its students, faculty and staff at the annual Convocation celebration. Convocation not only recognizes academic honors, it also celebrates artistic and civic achievements. 

TBD

Regalia 

Goucher College will be working with Herff Jones in regards to regalia and graduate parphernalia. We are working to get the Herff Jones website up and running. You will receive a link and code to order your regalia and graduate paraphernalia after the February 1 Application for Degree deadline. Date TBD. Payment will be processed at the time you submit your order.

May 20, 10:00 a.m.

Latinx Triunfos

The ceremony will reflect the unity of our students who identify as Hispanic and Latino/a/x while embracing the nuanced differences of cultures. More info

May 20, 12:00 p.m.

Lavender Ceremony

The ceremony is an annual celebration conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the college. More info

May 20, 3:00 p.m.

Donning of the Kente

During the intimate ceremony, graduating seniors will be donned with a stole of kente, a fabric native to Ghana reserved for special occasions, and acts as a visual history for the wearer’s own cultural ethos. More info

May 21, 4:30 p.m.

Baccalaureate Service

Baccalaureate will be Thursday, May 21, 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.  More Info

May 22, 10:30 a.m.

Commencement

Margaret M. Winslow Great Lawn, Processional Line-up – All students participating in the Commencement Ceremony must report to Kraushaar Auditorium at 9:00 a.m.

Reception immediately following Commencement at about 1 p.m.

Contact Information

Vice President and Dean of Students Office - 410-337-6150

Events, Conferences, and Summer Programs Office - 410.337.6333

Associate Provost’s Office - 410-337-6460

Registrar’s Office - registrar@goucher.edu, 410-337-6090

School Store - grayson.owens@goucher.edu, 410-337-6089

Welch Center - graduate.programs@goucher.edu, 410-337-6200