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 - Sunday, April 5, 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

2014/2015 Speakers - TBA

2013/2014 Speakers

Alumni Keynote: Tiara Davis '10

Tiara J. Davis is a young professional with an eclectic background in jazz, advocacy, and event management. She is pursuing an M.A. in arts management at American University while working as the office manager and communications support for the DC Bar Foundation. Previously, she worked at Equality Virginia, starting as an intern and ending her tenure as the program director. Throughout her three years with the organization, she worked with colleagues and community members to promote policies to end discrimination in the workplace and bullying in schools. She also served as the coordinator for the organization’s annual gala. Tiara was an intern at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts as an undergraduate student, and received her B.A. in music from the University of Richmond. Currently, combining her diverse experiences and knowledge, she is working with a burgeoning entrepreneur to develop an arts festival in D.C. that will feature queer women of color. Having vowed to never give up on performing, she continues to play the saxophone. 

Lavender Graduate Speaker: Erik Lampmann '14

Erik is a student organizer at the University of Richmond in Virginia. A student of political philosophy and French, he is passionate about LGBTQ liberation and the amplification of young folks' voices in the policy-making process. To that end, he's worked extensively with campus queer organizations, offices, and students to build inclusive communities at UR and in Richmond. He currently serves as the Senior Fellow for Equal Justice at the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network as one of six thought-leaders within the nation's largest student think-tank. An aspiring academic, Erik has conducted research on deliberative democracy, spent time at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, and is currently working on a French-language thesis project which 'queers' the same-sex marriage debate in France. Erik sits on the Board of GLSEN for Richmond, has won honors for his LGBTQ organizing from Virginia Pride, and worked as a 2011 Young People For Fellow with the People for the American Way Foundation. His writing has appeared in The Nation, [Young]ist, The Indypendent, The NextNewDeal, and