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

Students should indicate their participation by completing the register form found below by May 2, 2022.


Lavender Ceremony

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 10:00am

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 25, 2022 at 1:00pm

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

Latinx Triunfos

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 3:30pm

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

Affinity Graduation Reception 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 5:00pm

Following all three Affinity Graduation Ceremonies, The Center for Race, Equity, and Identity will host a Affinity Graduation Reception. This reception will allow for graduates, their guests, and the Goucher community to share space together to celebrate, connect, and reflect on their Goucher journey.


Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 12:00 p.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

If you are a faculty, staff, or alumni looking to get involved in one or more of the Affinity Graduation Ceremonies, please sign up using the form below.



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.

Can I participate in multiple ceremonies?

Of course you can! Many of our students share intersecting identities represented in not one but multiple ceremonies. Please Note: Lavender Ceremony graduates will receive the lavender cord while InterConnect Ceremony graduates will receive a Flag Stole with the country or countries (maximum is two) of their choice. Students who participate in the Donning of the Kente and Latinx Triunfos have their choice between only one of the following: Kente, Serape, or Flag Stoles.

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 2, 2022 to receive a free Kente, Serape, Flag 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 5-6 business days prior to the 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 Summer Rai Torres at