2015 Lavender Graduation
The LGBTQ Center recently hosted its 10th Annual Lavender Graduation with 14 graduates and their family and friends. Chancellor Folt briefly addressed the crowd and the keynote speech was given by Alex Ferrando. The ceremony was followed by a reception with live music by the Casey Toll band.
Ferrando graduated in 2006 with a BA in International Studies. During his time working with the LGBTQ Center, he volunteered on the Safe Zone Speaker’s Bureau and organized numerous on-campus events (one of which was the largest ever Drag Show, held in Memorial Hall). In spring 2006, Alex orchestrated the first-ever Lavender Graduation celebration in order to recognize LGBTQ graduates, their allies, and Sexuality Studies minors. Alex was one of the first-ever recipients of the UNC LGBTQ Advocacy Award. Currently, Alex lives in Los Angeles.
Lavender Graduation is a commencement ceremony honors Sexuality Studies minors, graduating LGBTIQ-identified students, and their allies. It is a cultural celebration that acknowledges the achievements and contributions that students of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions have made. The Advocacy Awards will also be presented to undergraduate and graduate students.