Lavender Graduation 2018

Lavender Graduation is a special ceremony for LGBTQ and Ally undergraduate and graduate students to acknowledge their achievements, contributions, and unique experiences at Georgetown University. This is an opportunity to celebrate the graduating students and bring the community together, along with our distinguished guests, to share in our history and progress.

KEYNOTE The Honorable Pamela K. Chen is a Federal District Judge in the Eastern District of New York. She was nominated to the federal bench by President Barack Obama and sworn in March 2013. Judge Chen is the first openly gay Asian-American federal judge and the second Chinese female federal district court judge. She participates in numerous community programs, including the New York City Bar Association’s Enhance Diversity in the Profession Committee and the Sonia & Celia Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program as a board member. Before joining the bench, Judge Chen was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Between 1991 and 1998, Judge Chen was a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she investigated and litigated institutional reform cases to protect the rights of individuals confined to state and local facilities, such as prisons, nursing homes, and centers for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness. Judge Chen has received numerous awards in connection with her human trafficking work, including the Sanctuary for Families’ Abely Award, the U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award, the Freedom Network’s Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Foundation’s "Partnerships in Public Safety Award," and the Susan B. Anthony Award from the National Organization of Women’s New York Chapter. In 2012, Ms. Chen also received the Women’s Leadership Award from the Asian American Bar Association of New York. AWARDS INFORMATION & NOMINATIONSAs part of Lavender Graduation, the LGBTQ Center presents awards to four graduating senior students, LGBTQ and Allied, as well as one faculty and one staff member who have had a positive impact on our communities. We encourage you to nominate yourself or someone you know who you believe should receive an award at CLASS OF 2018 REGISTRATION Class of 2018, register to participate in this year's ceremony at GUEST REGISTRATION

Faculty, staff, alumni, non-graduating students, and other guests who would like to attend the ceremony, please RSVP at

ACCESSIBILITYPlease note that the event is wheelchair accessible. Other requests related to a disability should be made by April 12th to A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests made after April 12th.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Great Room, Healey Family Student Center

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