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Lavender Graduation 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013
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 speaker, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Banquet Dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Streets of Berlin Drag Show and Performance, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

All free and open to the public.

Graduates: Plese come to Illinois Room by 3:30 p.m. to be 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.

Dress attire is casual. Students and folks on stage do not need to wear any academic regalia. For guests, dress is also casual.



headshot of prof john d'emilio who will be lav grad 2013 keynote speaker

Photo Credit:
Jenny Fontaine/UIC Public Affairs

John D’Emilio has been a pioneer in the developing field of gay and lesbian studies. He is the author or editor of more than half a dozen books, including Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities:  the Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States; Intimate Matters:  A History of Sexuality in America [with Estelle Freedman]; and Lost Prophet:  The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin.  D’Emilio has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities; was a finalist for the National Book Award; and received the Brudner Prize from Yale University for lifetime contributions to gay and lesbian studies.  A former co-chair of the board of directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, he was also the founding director of its Policy Institute.  Intimate Matters was quoted by Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case, the decision that declared state sodomy statutes unconstitutional.  He currently is a Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Optional: The University of Illinois Alumni Association has a quick survey for graduates! If you take it, you can also receive a free diploma cover!

Co-sponsors as of (5/1/13): Chancellor's Committee on the Status of LGBTQ People and Allies, Office of Career Services, Office of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Affairs, Office of Academic and Enrollment Services, College of Architecture and the Arts, College of Applied Health Sciences, College of Dentistry, College of Education, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, Jane Addams College of Social Work, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate College, Honors College



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