Affinity Graduation Ceremonies 2020

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 are free for all graduating seniors, their guests, and the campus community.

Students should register to participate by Friday, May 1, 2020. 



Thursday, May 7, 2020, 5:00 p.m. at Buchner Hall, Alumnae/I House

The ceremony will honor international students and students who strongly identify as having an international background and to acknowledge their experience at Goucher. More info

Latinx Triunfos

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 10:00 a.m. in Merrick Hall

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

Lavender Ceremony

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 12:00 p.m. in Merrick Hall

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

Donning of the Kente Ceremony

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 3:00 pm in Kraushaar Auditorium

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


Which Affinity Graduation Ceremonies should I participate in? 

Graduating Goucher College students may participate in any and all Affinity Graduation Ceremonies that they self-identify with. To participate in any ceremony, graduates must sign up by the May 1, 2020, deadline.

Do I need tickets for my guests?

Tickets are not required, and seating is based on a first-available basis. 

When is the deadline to sign up for Affinity Graduation Ceremonies?

A graduating senior must register for the Affinity Graduation Ceremonies no later than May 1, 2020, to receive a free stole and/or cord. 

Where should I park?

The main parking area that is available is in the Dorsey Center lot. Parking spaces are ample and permits are not required. 

How do I request accommodations? 

Contact the Office of Accessibility Services, 410.337.6146 (TTY/TDD, dial 711) at least 3 business days prior to date of the Affinity Graduation Ceremonies you are requesting accommodations for.

Who do I contact if I have questions? 

For any questions regarding Affinity Graduation Ceremonies, please email


If you are a graduating senior who is interested in participating in any of our Affinity Graduation Ceremonies, please register by Friday, May 1, 2020.