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Lavender Graduation 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012
Illinois Rooms, Student Center East
750 S. Halsted St.
Accessible by the #8, #60, or the #7 buses; or CTA Blue Line UIC-halsted
Paid parking can be found directly across Student Center East for approximately $10 using cash and credit. Student Center East is accessible with both escalators and and elevator.

Ceremony with keynote C.C. Carter, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Banquet, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Drag Show and Dancing, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

All free and open to the public.

Graduates and Guests Registration has closed; However, please feel free still to attend and sign-in on Friday

Graduates: Please come to Illinois Room by 3:30 p.m. to checked-in.

Lavender Graduation is a cultural event to celebrate students' academic and personal achievement. The ceremony is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally (LGBTQA). Additionally, we also invite UIC alumni to come back and be recognized as well.

C.C. Carter is a Chicagoan with national prominence on the performance poetry scene. Her first book, Body Language, a collection of poetry, was nominated for a 2003 Lambda Literary Award. She is the winner of a host of poetry slams including winning the Fifth Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Competition and the First Annual Behind Our Masks Poetry Slam. She has created and maintained several traditions in the poetry community, including national and local poetry slams for people of color, and the women of color night at Mountain Moving Coffeehouse. She has participated in hundreds of women’s music festivals, including the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, and has sold out performances on both coasts. She recently joined the performance staff for Olivia Cruises and Travel ( the largest Lesbian run travel agency). Her performances have earned her opening credits for Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou, Cheryl Clarke and Dorothy Allison.


In 2003 C.C. founded POW-WOW, Inc, a weekly spoken word venue that has received honors and award recognition for being a safe space for women to develop, showcase and listen to other women artists. POW-WOW is a staple for the international and national poetry elite – having showcased Stacyann Chin, sharon bridgforth, Eve Ensler and a host of Def Poetry Jam artists who list POW-WOW as a “must do” on their tour schedules. C.C. has produced large scale events for the Department of Cultural Affairs and was hired to
be the Director of Cultural Arts for the Chicago Gay Games.

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Photo courtesy of C. C. Carter


THANK YOU to our co-sponsors: UIC Pride, Gender Umbrealla Society, Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, College of Architecture and the Arts, College of Pharmacy, Jane Addams College of Social Work, College of Education, College of Medicine, Graduate College, College of Dentistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Honors College, Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, College of Nursing, Prf. Deirdre McCloskey, and Chicago Lakeshore Hospital


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