Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is a time for the University of Richmond to honor graduates who identify as LGBTQ or ally, or have made strong contributions to LGBTQ Campus Life. Lavender Graduation is an opportunity to celebrate the year and our many accomplishments, as well as say goodbye to those moving on to bigger and better things. This is a time to honor not only our graduates but the allies who support LGBTQ Campus Life here at the University. The Lavender Graduation is a partnership with Common Ground, the Office of Alumni and Career Services, and the LGBTQ Spiders Alumni Group.  Lavender Graduation - Thursday, April 16, 2015 5pm-7pm in the Jepson Alumni Center.

Graduate Recognition

Any University student graduating from any of our five schools, including the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, is eligible to be recognized during the Lavender Graduation ceremony. If you would like to be recognized please complete the Lavender Graduation applicationDeadline to Register Extended- Sunday, April 12, 2015. 


The Lavender Graduation ceremony is an opportunity to honor allies who have supported LGBTQ campus life. We are currently seeking nominations for Ally of the Year Awards for two categories: faculty/staff and students. The term Ally for these awards refers to a student or faculty/staff person who has helped further LGBTQ Campus Life; they may identify as LGBTQ or an Ally. Award winners will be honored at the Lavender Graduation ceremony. To nominate please complete the Ally Award Nomination Form. Deadline to Nominate - Sunday, March 29, 2015. 

Join the Celebration

The Lavender Graduation Ceremony is open to students, faculty, staff, community partners, and family members who wish to celebrate with us. To RSVP for this event please contact Ted Lewis at

Alumni Keynote: Seju Mike '08

A financial analyst with a diverse background in corporate finance and banking, Seju currently works as a Senior Financial Analyst at Blackboard Inc. She is also founder and lead curator of Osengwa.Com – a virtual marketplace showcasing exceptionally beautiful things of African origin.

Prior to her position at Blackboard, Seju worked as an independent consultant, providing business development support in the area of financial infrastructure, HR and Accounting for small businesses and start-ups in Lagos, Nigeria. Her professional experience also includes serving as a Finance Associate in Capital One’s Global Finance Rotation Program with roles in Internal Audit, Corporate Tax and Branch Distribution Finance.

Seju graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Robin’s School of Business at the University of Richmond in 2008. She also holds a master’s degree in Finance from the Kogod School of Business at American University and is a CMA® and member of the Institute of Management Accountants. 

Lavender Graduate Speaker: Wesley Meredith '15

Raised in rural Virginia, Wesley Meredith is a southern, queer bat out of hell completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Religious Studies, incorporating queer and feminist theories and philosophy. While at UR, Wesley has served as co-facilitator of the Student Alliance for Sexual Diversity (SASD), and collaborated with other SASD leadership in conceptualizing a more intersectional queer student organization, creating foundation for what is now known as Students Creating Opportunity, Pride, and Equality (SCOPE). Additionally, he has served as Trans Inclusion Research Assistant and LGBTQ Programs Coordinator in the Office of Common Ground and facilitator for Icebreakers- a confidential, student-run discussion group for queer and questioning students.

Oriented towards community empowerment, Wesley has devoted much of his time at UR working with communities whose voices are often suppressed. To this end, he has interned and volunteered at the Virginia Home, working with individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury. He was also deeply involved with Students Engaging in and Enacting a Dialogue on Service (SEEDS), serving in different capacities helping develop service-learning spring break trips for students that investigate nuanced social justice milieus and solidarity in southern Louisiana and Appalachian West Virginia.

Despite battling ambivalence towards the empirical fallacy of the scientific method, Wesley will continue pursuing cognitive neuroscience research in neuroimaging labs along the graduate school trajectory.