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2018-2019 Lavender Graduates


Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that acknowledges the achievements and contributions of LGBTQIA+ students on UGA’s campus. Through this recognition, LGBTQIA+ 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 stole 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 LGBTQIA+ alum, deliver addresses to the participants. The Pride Center and GLOBES recognize strong advocates for the LGBTQIA+ community with the Founder’s Award and the Annette Hatton Outstanding Student Advocate Award. 

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This ceremony will acknowledge and celebrate your accomplishments and contributions to the UGA community, and serve as a farewell from the Pride 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 LGBTQIA+ and ally students. All are welcome to attend.

No. If you graduated in December 2021, or plan to graduate in August or December 2022, you may participate.

No. Tickets are not required.

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


The purpose of this award is to honor Annette’s dedication and contributions and will be given annually at the Pride 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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