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2022 Lavender Celebration FAQ

When is Lavender Celebration?

Lavender Celebration will be hosted Thursday, April 14 from 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Where will the celebration be held?

The celebration will take place at the Historic Academy of Medicine, 875 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.

What time should I arrive?

Our welcome reception will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. We suggest you arrive between 4:10 - 4:30 p.m.

Where do I park?

We have reserved the parking lot behind the Academy of Medicine (875 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309). There are a total of 81 spots. Parking attendants will have a list of those who RSVP’d. If there are no more available spots by the time of your arrival:

Utilize paid street parking, or
use the Gold Route shuttle for direct access to the Academy of Medicine. Please use the route map to determine pickup/drop-off locations. While it is not noted on the map, the Tech Trolley route also stops in front of the Academy of Medicine.

What should I wear?

The attire for Lavender Celebration will be business casual. You are not required to have formal wear. While this is a formal celebration, we’d like everyone to be comfortable as well! We encourage you to add your own sense of style and flair to your business casual attire! Wearing lavender or any shade of the color is not required, however, you can if you’d like.

Is there an itinerary or schedule for the event?

4:30 – 5 p.m. – Opening Reception & Queer Year In Review
5 p.m. – Welcome
5:15 p.m. – Recognition of Graduates
5:50 p.m. – Introduction of Lavender Awards
6:25 p.m. – Closing Remarks

If I am a graduate with an RSVP, but I can't attend anymore, will I still be able to receive my certificate and stole?

Yes. Please email William Britto, william.britto@studentlife.gatech.edu, to have your materials available for pick-up in the LGBTQIA Resource Center or sent via mail.

Every year in April, all members of the Georgia Tech community are invited to honor our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and ally graduates at our annual Lavender Graduation celebration. Families of our graduating students are also welcome to attend.

First presented in 2015, Lavender Celebration also recognizes individuals, departments, and organizations that have made Georgia Tech a safer and more inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and asexual students, faculty, staff, and alumni through the presentation of awards. 

LGBTQIA students need not have been active in LGBTQIA organizations or the LGBTQIA Resource Center to be recognized. Graduating students who are honored at this ceremony will receive a ceremonial Lavender Diploma to serve as a keepsake from your time here.

If you are an LGBTQIA student and wish to be honored at the ceremony, we invite you to RSVP for Graduate Recognition at the 2022 Lavender Celebration.

A glass with lavender petals and a note on top of a table.
Who can be recognized at Lavender Graduation?

The ceremony recognizes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and ally students who are graduating. This includes both undergraduate and graduate students. All graduating students who want to be recognized must register. Registration for 2022 will close Sunday, April 3 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

Can I just go to this instead of the big Georgia Tech Commencement Ceremony?

Lavender Graduation is not a replacement for the campus-wide commencement ceremony in May but rather an additional opportunity for you to celebrate and reflect on your time at Georgia Tech with other members of the LGBTQIA community.

Can I invite my family, professors, and/or friends?

Yes! Just make sure they RSVP.

Group of female and male graduates.
I identify as lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/intersex/asexual but haven't been really involved in queer activities or groups during my time at Tech. Can I still be recognized at Lavender Graduation?

Absolutely! Involvement in LGBTQIA organizations is not a prerequisite for being honored at the ceremony. As we introduce our graduating students, we'll recognize many of their different achievements from their time at Tech.

Why should I participate as a graduate?

Lavender Graduation rewards you for your accomplishments while being a student at Tech and serves as a formal farewell to the community. It also gives you the opportunity to connect with our LGBTQIA alumni and to learn how you can stay involved with LGBTQIA life at Tech after graduation. This will be a fun and memorable celebration with your queer peers that you'll always remember.

I want to attend Lavender Graduation to support our graduates. Do I need to RSVP?

Yes! We just ask that you please RSVP by Sunday, April 3.