SHARE WITH STUDENTS: You’re invited to Lavender Graduation on 4/28!

Lavender Graduation

Friday, April 28, 2017

National Hellenic Museum, 333 South Halsted Street

Ceremony: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Reception: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

The Keynote Speaker this year will be Owen Daniel-McCarter. Owen is a transgender attorney, educator, and advocate. He is the Executive Director of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance where he supports gender inclusivity in schools, LGBT affirming curriculum, bullying prevention, and restorative school discipline practices. He has a bachelor’s degree in Women and Gender Studies from the Univearebrsity of Vermont and, while he was a student there, helped co-found a national student-run conference on trans/gender identity and trans activism called the Translating Identity Conference. Owen then attended the City University of New York School of Law and has been licensed to practice law in Illinois since 2007. He is a founding collective member of the Transformative Justice Law Project, the former Legal Director of the TransLife Center, and was an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University in Chicago.


Lavender Graduation is a unique convocation ceremony that honors the academic achievements of UIC’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allied (LGBTQA) graduating class. The event is open to students from every college at UIC and our graduate pool grows larger each year. Lavender Graduation is one of the Gender and Sexuality Center’s hallmark programs. Students throughout the years have testified that the prospect of walking in “Lav Grad” motivates them through tough times with juggling classwork and other obligations. In addition to several other programs we offer, Lavender Graduation supports the attraction, retention and successful graduation of many LGBTQA students each year.

The graduate and guest registration links are now available! Please register yourself and your guests today, and pass the links on to others.


GRADUATES Register Here:


When you have a moment, follow this link to a beautiful video from the 2014 event:

Please also join our event on Facebook:

For registration and event related questions, contact S Simmons at OR 312-413-8619.

Download the flyer!