Lavender Graduation History

Three graduates at Lavender Graduation
Keynote: Dr. Erin Richman 
Erin Richman, is a University of Georgia alumna who currently serves as Associate Vice President within the Division of Student Services at Flordia State College at Jacksonville. 
Senior Student Speaker: Campbell Wilks
Graduate Student Speaker: Ciera Durden 
Graduates: 30
Keynote: Ashland Johnson, Athlete Ally's Director of Policy and Campaigns 
Ashland Johnson, is a UGA Law School alumna who currently serves as the Director of Policy and Campaigns with Athlete Ally.  
Senior Student Speakers: Cindy Blair & Erica Lee
Graduates: 19
Keynote: Dr. Michael Shutt, Interim Senior Director for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Emory University
Senior Student Speaker: Ciera Durden 
Graduates: 31
Keynote: Dr. Dawn Bennett-Alexander, Associate Professor of Employment Law & Legal Studies in the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business
Dr. B-A is a fierce advocate who has made it her mission to live openly and dispel the myths and misconceptions about being a member of the LGBT community.
Senior Student Speaker: Raquel Willis 
Graduates: 22
Keynote: Vandy Beth Glenn
Graduate 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 
Graduates: 26
Keynote: Tyler Helms, Vice President - Group Account Director at Deutsch
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 
Graduates: 27
Keynote: Diego Sanchez, Graduate of the Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication
First openly transgender staff on Capitol Hill.
Senior Student Speakers: Katherine Bernadette & Shawna Scott 
Graduates: 12
Keynote: LeeAnn Jones, Partner with Powell Goldenstein LLC in Atlanta.
"Double Dawg" Alumna with an AB and JD from UGA.
Senior Student Speaker: Adam Thomas 
Graduates: 13
Keynote: Vernon Wall, Former UGA staff member, author, and social justice educator.
Senior Student Speaker: Tiffany Holder
Graduates: 18
Keynote: Cathy Woolard
UGA Graduate & first openly LGBT person elected in the State of Georgia.
Senior Student Speaker: Patrick Miller 
Graduates: 13
Keynote: Patricia Cain
UGA Law School Graduate and author of Rainbow Rights.
Senior Student Speaker: Stephanie Papps & Gareth Griffin 
Graduates: 10

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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.