May 2, 2018

Commencement Activities 2018

Goucher Alumnae/i are kindly invited to participate in Goucher College's 2018 Commencement activities. RSVPs are requested for some events – see below schedule for details.


Wednesday, May 23, Noon-2 p.m. @ Merrick Lecture Hall
Lavender Ceremonya celebration to honor our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual students, and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the college. Sponsored by the Center for Race, Equity, and Identity (CREI). Alumnae/i are encouraged to attend! Please RSVP to or 410-337-6180.

Thursday, May 24, 11 a.m. @ Hyman Forum, Athenaeum
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony—help us welcome the members of our newest class of graduates who will be initiated into the oldest and most prestigious honorary society for liberal arts students.

Thursday, May 24, Noon-2 p.m. @ Merrick Lecture Hall
Donning of the Kente Ceremony—an intimate ceremony in which graduating seniors will be donned with a stole of Kente, a fabric native to Ghana. This cloth, reserved for special occasions, acts as a visual history for the wearer's own cultural ethos. This is a rite of passage, rooted in African tradition, "in which seniors [of color] recognize loved ones or mentors who have been instrumental in their success." Sponsored by the Center for Race, Equity, and Identity (CREI). Alumnae/i are welcome to attend! Please RSVP to or 410-337-6180.

Thursday, May 24, 4:30 p.m. @ Kraushaar Auditorium
Baccalaureate—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. Tickets are not required.

Friday, May 25, 10:30 a.m. @ the Margaret M. Winslow '69 Great Lawn
Goucher College's 127th Commencement Exercises—Alumnae/i, families, and friends of Goucher College are invited to be part of Goucher's biggest day of the year! Please join us in celebrating the Class of 2018 upon their day of graduation from Goucher. April D. Ryan, veteran White House correspondent, CNN political analyst and the Washington, DC bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, will provide the keynote address. 
Tickets are not required, and seating is based on a first-available basis. For those who are unable to make it to campus, a live video stream of the Commencement exercises will be available from a link on Goucher's homepage.