Lavender Graduation

2018-2019 Lavender Graduates

2018-2019 Lavender Graduates

Lavender Graduation

Update: Following University guidelines amid COVID-19 and in order to keep with social distancing practices, Lavender Graduation 2020 will still be happening, but it will be a VIRTUAL event rather than in person. The time is still the same - 2pm on Saturday, April 25th, and the ceremony is for all UGA students who graduate in 2020 and their guests. 

It is even more important to make sure that you and your guests register ahead of time so we can ensure everyone interested in attending is able to do so. We will be sending out instructions for how to join the ceremony online as it gets closer to the date. 

For students graduating in May 2020: we currently plan to mail stoles out after the Lavender Graduation ceremony. We will be using the address you indicate in your Wufoo registration to determine where to send the stoles. 

If you graduate in Summer or Fall 2020: please still sign up for Lavender Graduation! Our office will stay in touch with those folks to determine as those dates get closer whether it is best to mail stoles out, or if it will be possible to pick up stoles in person from the LGBTRC during the fall. 

Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that acknowledges the achievements and contributions of LGBT students on UGA’s campus. Through this recognition, LGBT 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 receive a Lavender Diploma as well as a gift from the Alumni Association. Two speakers: a student speaker and the keynote speaker, who is usually an accomplished and out LGBT alum, deliver addresses to the participants. The LGBT Resource Center and GLOBES recognize strong advocates for the LGBT community with the Founder’s Award and the Annette Hatton Outstanding Student Advocate Award. 

For more information about Lavender Graduation, email

Lavender Graduate Registration

Closes Friday, April 24th but must be completed by April 15th to appear in the program.

Lavender Graduation RSVP for Guests

Guest RSVP is strongly recommended to help us determine numbers for reception, but additional guests will not be turned away day-of.

Closes Friday, April 24.

Lavender Graduation History

Lavender Graduate Speaker Application (Combined Undergraduate & Graduate)

Are you graduating student who would like to give a speech on your experiences at The University of Georgia? Apply to be the Lavender Graduate Speaker for Lavender Graduation.

Closes April 20th at 5pm.

Emerging Student Leader Award Nomination Form

The Emerging Student Leader Award was established to recognize undergraduate students, with less than 60 credit hours, from the University of Georgia who have displayed a commitment to service and passion for enhancing the student experience for LGBT students on campus.

Closes April 20th at 5pm.

Annette Hatton Award

The purpose of this award is to honor Annette’s dedication and contributions and will be given annually at the LGBT Resource Center’s Lavender Graduation. The award recognizes a full-time student for their remarkable commitment to service in the LGBT community.

Nomination link closes April 20th.

Founder's Award

This award honors a faculty, staff, or community member who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the University of Georgia LGBT community. The winner of this award is recognized each year at our annual Lavender Graduation.

Nomination link closes April 20th.

Contact Us


221 Memorial Hall
Athens, GA 30602



Why should I participate in Lavender Graduation? 
This ceremony will acknowledge and celebrate your accomplishments and contributions to the UGA community, and serve as a farewell from the LGBT Resource Center.

Who can attend Lavender Graduation? 
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. In the past, faculty, staff, alumni, students, and friends and family of graduates have all attended. If you plan on attending, please RSVP.

Is this an actual graduation ceremony? 
No. This is a celebration of graduates’ accomplishments. It is held weeks prior to the university’s commencement ceremony.

Do I have to identify as LGBTQ to attend or participate? 
No. Lavender Graduation will celebrate the accomplishments of LGBTQ and ally students. All are welcome to attend.

Do I have to graduate this spring to participate?
No. If you graduated in December 2019, or plan to graduate in August or December 2020, you may participate.

Do I need tickets to attend?
No. Tickets are not required.

Do I need to RSVP to attend?
We strongly encourage you to RSVP so that we can adequately accommodate all guests and graduates.