Affinity Graduation Ceremonies 2021

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.

The Affinity Graduation Ceremonies (for the combined Class of 2020 & 2021) will be held virtually prior to commencement.



Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. EDT.

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

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 2:00pm

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

On Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 11:00am

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 19, 2021 at 11:00am

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

Virtual Affinity Graduation Reception 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 2:00pm

Following all three Affinity Graduation Ceremonies, The Center for Race, Equity, and Identity will host a Virtual Affinity Graduation Reception on Zoom. This reception will be broken up into three breakout rooms for each ceremony (Lavender Ceremony, Latinx Triunfos, and the Donning of the Kente) and allow for graduates, their guests, and the Goucher community to share space together to celebrate, connect, and reflect on their Goucher journey.

Zoom Meeting ID: 985 2780 9516

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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 register to participate by Wednesday, April 28, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.

Do I need tickets for my guests?

Due to the virtual nature of the 2021 Affinity Graduation Ceremonies, a Zoom link and passcode will be shared with the Goucher community. Graduates will be able to share the link with their chosen guests.

For in-person Affinity Graduation Ceremonies, 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 to participate in the Affinity Graduation Ceremonies no later than Wednesday, April 28, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. to receive a free stole and/or cord.

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? 

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the ceremonies, please email Summer Rai Torres, Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at summer.torres


If you are a graduating senior who is interested in participating in any of our Affinity Graduation Ceremonies (except InterConnect), please register by Wednesday, April 28, 2021 by 11:59 p.m using the button below. To attend InterConnect, please register here.