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Lavender Graduation

Lavendar Graduation 2011Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that acknowledges the achievements and contributions of LGBTQ students on UGA’s campus. Through this recognition, LGBTQ students are provided with a positive experience at the university, encouraging them to continue their connections to the university, other students, and other alumnus.

Graduating students, as well as alumni, have an opportunity to participate in the program and each receive a Lavender Diploma as well as a gift from the Alumni Association. There is a student speaker and the keynote speaker is usually an accomplished and out LGBTQ alum. There is also an opportunity to recognize strong advocates for the queer community with our Founder’s Award and the Annette Hatton Outstanding Student Advocate Award.

Lavender Graduation History

Keynote: Vandy Beth Glenn | Graduates: 26
  UGA Alum of the Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication who was fired from her position as a legislative editor in the Georgia General Assembly and brought a federal case before the federal court for the Northen District of Georgia and later the federal Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, both of which ruled in her favor.
  Senior Student Speaker: Jackson Anderson Stone


Keynote: Tyler Helms | Graduates: 27
  Vice-President - Group Account Director at Deutsch and published writer, advocate, and community voice in the ongoing effort to raise awareness, education, and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
  Senior Student Speaker: Jessica Nicole Brand


Keynote: Diego Sanchez | Graduates: 12
  UGA Alum of the Grady College of Journalism & MassCommunication and the first openly transgender staff on Capitol Hill.
  Senior Student Speakers: Katherine Bernadette & Shawna Scott


Keynote: LeeAnn Jones | Graduates: 13
  "Double Dawg" Alumna with an AB and JD from UGA and currently a partner with Powell Goldenstein LLC in Atlanta.
  Senior Student Speaker: Adam Thomas


Keynote: Vernon Wall | Graduates: 18
  Former UGA staff member. author, and social justice educator.
  Senior Student Speaker: Tiffany Holder


Keynote: Cathy Woolard | Graduates: 13
  UGA Graduate & first openly LGBT person elected in the State of Georgia.
  Senior Student Speaker: Patrick Miller


Keynote: Patricia Cain | Graduates: 10
  UGA Law School Graduate and author of Rainbow Rights.
  Senior Student Speaker: Stephanie Papps & Gareth Griffin


For more information about Lavender Graduation, contact us at

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