Lavender Graduation

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.

2017 Lavender Graduation
Thursday, April 27 at 5:10 p.m.
Healy Family Student Center Great Room
(Georgetown main campus)

For more information:
Law Center contact: Nicole Sandoz in the Office of Student Life

(202) 662-9292, McDonough 212

This year's keynote speaker is  Rev. Michael A. Zampelli, S.J. (CAS ’82), the Paul L. Locatelli, SJ University Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Santa Clara University where he has been on the faculty since 1998, and has also served as Rector from 2010-2015.

Rev. Zampelli is a compelling, passionate, and remarkable teacher and public speaker. He teaches classes in performance studies, gender and sexuality in performance, theatre history, and dramatic literature. He looks at the intersections and creative tensions of religious and spiritual lives in theatre, and has examined the dynamics of Jesuit performance histories. Via the lens of theatre and performance, Rev. Zampelli is able to stage some of the inherent contradictions and creative paradoxes of the lived lives and experiences of Jesuits.

His scholarly work has appeared in several journals and book volumes, including: From Rome to Eternity: Catholicism and the Arts in ItalyThe Jesuits II: Cultures, Sciences, and the Arts;Contexts, Identities, Affinities, and PerformancesCatholic Theatre and Drama: Critical Essays, A Companion to Hrotsvit of Gandersheim; and Music as Cultural Mission. His current research focuses on the retrieval of the Jesuit performance traditions in 19th and early 20th century America. 

In conjunction with his teaching and research, Rev. Zampelli, a former Executive Producer of the Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society at Georgetown, also routinely directs plays. He is particularly interested in the process of retrieving historical performances for contemporary audiences. He has served as stage director, in national and international venues, for Jesuit-inspired performance pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries. 

A former board member of the Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry, Rev. Zampelli’s pastoral work with LGBTQ Catholics has been extensive and exciting. He also maintains a very fulfilling ministry to incarcerated individuals in the Diocese of San Jose, California.

Rev. Zampelli graduated from Georgetown in 1982 with a BA in English, after which he entered the Society of Jesus. He received an MA in Humanities from Fordham University and an MDiv and STM from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.  Ordained a priest in 1993, he received a PhD in Drama from Tufts University.


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 Nicole Sandoz in the Office of Student Life.

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