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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 2021 will be held on April 24, 2021 in Tate Grand Hall. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, graduates will be limited to one guest in-person, but there will be a virtual viewing option. Click here to sign up for 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.

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.

No. This is a celebration of graduates’ accomplishments. It is held weeks prior to the university’s commencement ceremony.

No. Lavender Graduation will celebrate the accomplishments of LGBTQ and ally students. All are welcome to attend.

No. If you graduated in December 2019, or plan to graduate in August or December 2020, you may participate.

No. Tickets are not required.

We strongly encourage you to RSVP so that we can adequately accommodate all guests and graduates.

Lavender Graduate Registration

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

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.


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.

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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.

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