Lavender Graduation

2016-2017 Lavender Graduates

2016-2017 Lavender Graduates

Lavender Graduation

April 28, 2018

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. 

For more information about Lavender Graduation, email

Lavender Graduation History

Contact Us


221 Memorial Hall
Athens, GA 30602


Meg Evans, Director

J. Rashad Small, Senior Coordinator

Ciera Durden, Graduate Assistant



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.