Lavender Graduation is a special ceremony for LGBTQIA and Ally undergraduate and graduate students to acknowledge their achievements, contributions, and unique experiences at Georgetown. As part of this special event, graduating students are honored for leadership and service to our community.

2016 Lavender Graduation
Wednesday, April 27 at 5:00 p.m.
Healy Family Student Center Great Room
(Georgetown main campus)

For more information:
To register:

Law Center contact: Merced Ada in the Office of the Dean of Students
(202) 662-4066, McDonough 210, or

This year's keynote speaker is Dinaw Mengestu (C'00), a MacArthur Fellow and award winning writer whose novels and nonfiction pieces explore the complexities of the African diaspora within the context of the United States. Originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mengestu and his family immigrated to America in 1980 while fleeing the communist revolution. Mengestu’s writing is concerned not only with the dislocations experienced by immigrants, but also with broader questions of identity, including how individuals define themselves by their dreams, their choices, and the place or places they call home. In 2014, he was named one of The New Yorker’s top 20 fiction writers under age 40. Each of his novels, The Beautiful Things that Heaven BearsHow to Read the Air, and All Our Names have been well received by critics around the world.

Law Center Awards Information

The Office of the Dean of Students is pleased to open award nominations for our graduating Law students and members of our staff and faculty. 

The Lorri L. Jean Student Award for Excellence
in LGBTQIA Leadership and Advocacy 

Ms. Jean was a student at Georgetown Law when she became a plaintiff in the case Gay Rights Coalition of Georgetown University Law Center v. Georgetown University, 536 A.2d 1 (D.C. 1987), which held, among other things, that the DC Human Rights Act required Georgetown University to give gay student groups the same tangible rights as other student groups. She is now the CEO of the LA LGBT Center and has graciously given us permission to name this annual award in her honor. 

You can find out more about Ms. Jean at

This award recognizes student excellence in leadership and/or service to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, and Ally communities at Georgetown Law. The candidate should:

  • Be a graduating student at the Law Center.
  • Have proven and documented leadership and/or service to the LGBTQIA community.
  • Lead by example and inspire and motivate others to create a better community.
  • Contribute to furthering the visibility of the LGBTQIA community and furthering its impact.

The Thomas F. Field Faculty or Staff Award
for Commitment to the University LGBTQIA Community

  • Recognizes the leadership, vision and commitment of a staff and/or faculty member to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex and Ally communities at Georgetown
  • Open to any staff and/or faculty member working at Georgetown
  • Proven long term or reoccurring dedication to support and to advocate for LGBTQIA individuals and initiatives on campus
  • Contributes to educating campus community around LGBTQIA issues and to creating seamless learning environments


  1. Nominee must be a graduating Law Center student or a current staff/faculty member. Past winners of the Faculty/Staff award are ineligible for nomination.
  2. Nominations must be submitted by any currently enrolled student or staff/faculty member.
  3. Nominations must include one or two paragraphs describing the nominee's qualifications and/or contributions (as they relate to the award criteria). Name only submissions will be disregarded.
  4. All nominations must be submitted by Friday, April 8. Nominations may be submitted by email to or delivered to McDonough 210. 

If you have any questions about the awards nominations or the Lavender Graduation ceremony, please contact Merced Ada in the Office of the Dean of Students at or 202-662-4066.