Lavender Graduation

2017-2018 Lavender Graduates

2017-2018 Lavender Graduates

Lavender Graduation

April 27, 2019

Memorial Hall Ballroom 

2:00 PM

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. 

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Lavender Graduation History

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.

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.

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.

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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 2016, or plan to graduate in May, August, or December 2017, 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.