Lavender Graduation


2017 LAVENDER GRADUATION

Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to their universities. This year's Lavender Graduation is taking place on Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 1-3pm at Korn Convocation Hall in the Anderson School of Management. 

Please check the below tabs for information on the 2017 Lavender Graduation. 

For any questions or concerns not addressed on this website, please email Kevin Medina at kmedina@lgbt.ucla.edu

Registration

Registration

Please register for the UCLA 2017 Lavender Graduation here:  https://tinyurl.com/UCLALAVGRAD17

Deadline to order rainbow stole: April 21nd
Stole deadline EXTENDED to April 28th. 

Registration Deadline: June 2nd

Program

Tentative Program:
Saturday, June 17th 
1:00pm-3:00pm
Korn Convocation Hall

Welcome

Keynote Address

2016-17 Highlights

Presentation of Awards 

Presentation of Scholarships

LGBTQ Studies Minor Certificates

Student Speaker

Presentation of Graduates (PhD, Masters & Bachelors)

Closing Remarks

Refreshments

Keynote Speaker

TBA

Volunteer/Donate

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to volunteer for Lavender Graduation!

To join the 2017 Lavender Graduation Planning Committee, please email Kevin Medina at kmedina@lgbt.ucla.edu

To volunteer to help at the Lavender Graduation ceremony, sign up at: http://tinyurl.com/2017LGvolunteer

Deadline to sign up to volunteer is June 2nd!

Donate

Would you like to congratulate UCLA LGBTQ graduates through advertising in our program booklet?

You can fill out an order form at: https://tinyurl.com/2017LGDonate

Please submit all advertisements by June 9th at 5 pm.

Getting to UCLA

Getting to UCLA

An interactive map of UCLA is available here.

For those who are flying, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the closest airport to UCLA.

To get to UCLA from LAX:

Option 1: Take the Flyaway shuttle. The Flyaway shuttle takes you directly from LAX to Westwood Village for $10. More information can be found here.

Option 2: Driving your own car or rental, You can find driving directions to UCLA, from anywhere, here.

Option 3: Lyft or Uber. 

Parking

If you are driving to UCLA and plan to park your vehicle on a campus structure. You will need a parking permit. Parking Structure #5 is the closest structure to the conference. All day parking passes can be purchased at kiosks for $12. 

Award Descriptions

LGBTQ Awards

Awards for Graduating Students:

Al Aubin Service to the UCLA LGBT Community Award

Open to any graduating full time UCLA undergraduate or graduate student who has provided documented leadership and service to the UCLA LGBT community during the years of their current degree and who meets the following criteria:

  • Articulates and shares a vision for the UCLA LGBT community
  • Maintains excellence in academic efforts
  • Inspires others and motivates the group
  • Brings out strengths and talents of individual group members
  • Makes themselves available to group members
  • Is committed to working with and for others
  • Demonstrates ongoing flexibility, initiative, creativity and perseverance in efforts.
  • Made meaningful contribution to students and to UCLA
  • Values and works well with differences
  • Collaboratively includes other organization members in planning and implementing events
  • Addresses existing problems and values feedback from others
  • Utilizes different and creative approaches to educating and assisting members
  • Has different and creative approach to others or resolving conflict

Rae Lee Siporin LGBT Leadership Award
Open to any graduating full time UCLA graduate or undergraduate female-identified student who has provided documented leadership and service to the UCLA LGBT community during the years of her current degree and who meets the following criteria:

  • Articulates and shares a vision for the UCLA LGBT community
  • Inspires and motivates others
  • Brings out strengths and talents of individuals and groups
  • Makes herself available to group members
  • Is committed to working with and for others
  • Demonstrates ongoing flexibility, initiative, creativity and perseverance in efforts
  • Makes meaningful contribution to students and to UCLA
  • Values and works well with differences
  • Collaboratively includes other organization members in planning and implementing events
  • Addresses existing problems and values feedback from others
  • Utilizes different and creative approaches to educating and assisting others
  • Different and creative approach to resolving conflict

Ezekiel “Zeke” Webber Leadership in Activism and Education Award

Open to any graduating full time UCLA undergraduate or graduate student who has provided documented leadership and service to the UCLA LGBT community during the years of their current degree and who meets the following criteria:

  • Has advocated for LGBT issues through education of others or within the realm of academic study
  • Maintains excellence in academic efforts
  • Demonstrates creative and productive approaches to addressing conflict and disparity.
  • Made meaningful contribution to students and to UCLA
  • Inspires and motivates concern for LGBT issues in others

 

Open to any graduating full time UCLA undergraduate student who has achieved and maintained academic excellence during the years of their current degree and who demonstrates ongoing flexibility, initiative, creativity and perseverance in efforts. 

 

For Current or Graduating Students:

Curtis Shepard UCLA LGBT Leadership Award
Open to any full time UCLA graduate or undergraduate student (not necessarily graduating) who has provided documented leadership and service to the UCLA LGBT community during the years of their current degree and who meet the following criteria:

  • Articulates and shares a vision for the UCLA LGBT community
  • Inspires and motivates others
  • Brings out strengths and talents of individuals and groups
  • Makes themselves available to group members
  • Is committed to working with and for others
  • Demonstrates ongoing flexibility, initiative, creativity and perseverance in efforts.
  • Makes meaningful contribution to students and UCLA
  • Values and works well with differences
  • Collaboratively includes other organization members in planning and implementing events
  • Addresses existing problems and values feedback from others
  • Utilizes different and creative approaches to educating and assisting others
  • Different and creative approach to resolving conflict

Charles E. Harless Graduate Student Leadership Award

Open to any UCLA graduate student who has provided documented leadership and service to the UCLA LGBT community during the year(s) of their current degree and who meets the following criteria:

  • Articulates and shares a vision for the UCLA LGBT community
  • Maintains excellence in academic efforts
  • Inspires others and motivates the group.
  • Brings out strengths and talents of individual group members
  • Makes themselves available to group members.
  • Is committed to working with and for others
  • Demonstrates ongoing flexibility, initiative, creativity and perseverance in efforts
  • Made meaningful contribution to students and to UCLA
  • Values and works well with differences
  • Collaboratively includes other organization members in planning and implementing events
  • Addresses existing problems and values feedback from others.
  • Utilizes different and creative approaches to educating and assisting members

 

For First or Second Year Students:

Open to first year and second year students who have shown great potential as student leaders through their leadership efforts on campus at UCLA.

Students' Choice Outstanding Faculty

The Students' Choice Outstanding Faculty Aware is presented each year to honor a faculty member that goes beyond the call of duty to mentor, support, advocate for and empower LGBTQ students to reach their full potential. They also are successful in infusing LGBTQ topics into their curriculum and complicating our notions of identity. Students nominate faculty and a committee of students also select this recipient.

 

Award & Scholarship Applications

Awards

Nominate yourself or a friend for an award or apply for a scholarship! See the Award Descriptions tab below to read about each award. To submit an award nomination, please visit https://tinyurl.com/2017LGBTQAwards 

Nominations are due May 5th!

Students' Choice Outstanding Faculty Award

Has a faculty member made a large impact in your life and/or the UCLA LGBTQ community? Nominate them for the Outstanding Faculty Award at https://tinyurl.com/2017LGBTQFaculty
Nominations are due May 5th!

LGBTQ Student Organization of the Year
Has your organization fostered community and furthered the inclusion of LGBTQ people on campus? Nominate them for the first ever LGBTQ Student Organization of the Year award at https://tinyurl.com/2017LGBTQORG
Nominations are due May 5th!

Scholarships

The Edward Scott Morrison Scholarship is awarded annually to new and returning UCLA LGBTQ students who have demonstrated commitment to LGBTQ leadership and community service. For more information about the Edward Scott Morrison Scholarship and to apply, please visit our scholarships page.

The Lambda Alumni Scholarship is awarded annually to two students who have provided documented leadership and service to the UCLA LGBT community during the years of their current degree. For more information and to apply, please visit our scholarships page.

Past Award Recipients

Past LGBTQ Awards Recipients

Awards for Graduating Students:

Al Aubin Service to the UCLA LGBT Community Award

2016 Recipient: Kevin Medina

2015 Recipient: Yiu Ho Au

2014 Recipient: Lenny Nguyen

2013 Recipient: Shannon Flint

2012 Recipient: Mark A. Chambers

2011 Recipient: Verton Banks

2010 Recipient: Joey Hernandez

2009 Recipient: Allen Menton

2008 Recipients: Julio Rodriguez & Gregorgy Candena

2007 Recipient: Carlos Saucedo

2006 Recipient: Paymin Ebrahimzadeh

2005 Recipient: Razi Michael Zarchy

2004 Recipient: Stephanie V. Joynt & Christina Chala

2003 Recipient:Jane Lin and Nick Mortaloni

2002 Recipient: Gabriel Lewis Barajas

2001 Recipient: Xochitl Marquez

2000 Recipient: Hiyas Magilligan

1999 Recipient: Michael Anthony Lopez

1998 Recipient: Steven Leider 


Rae Lee Siporin LGBT Leadership Award

2016 Recipient: Becca Nevarez

2015 Recipient: Kimberly Lau

2014 Recipient: Yakira Delgadillo

2013 Recipient: Jewel Pereyra

2012 Recipient: Andrea Del Carmen Vázquez

2011 Recipients: Karli Santos & Krystal Torres

2010 Recipient: Amy Tomiko Franklin

2009 Recipients: Amarilis Gutierrez & Adelin Lo

2008 Recipient: Megan Rodman

2007 Recipient: JP Partnoff

2006 Recipient: Baylee DeCastro

2005 Recipient: Georgina Wakefield

2004 Recipient: Morgan E. Joeck & Brenton L. Jaimes

2003 Recipient: Karen Lai & Hugo Neuproler

2002 Recipient: Simbi Refilwe Mahlanza

2001 Recipient: Wingyin "Tammy" Siu & Maria J. Guerrero

2000 Recipient: Colleen Marie Rau

1999 Recipient: Cristina Rosiles Gonzalez

1998 Recipient: Kerri Ann Klein 


Ezekiel “Zeke” Webber Leadership in Activism and Education Award

2016 Recipient: Armando Huipe & Aubrey Sassoon

2015 Recipient: Juan Fernandez

2014 Recipient: Dafne Luna

2013 Recipient: Katie Schowengerdt

2012 Recipient: Luis H. Roman-Garcia

2011 Recipients: Brock Zumville & Karin Hilton

2010 Recipient: Melani Simangan

2009 Recipients: Yoyo Negrete & Raffi Sarkissian

2008 Recipient: Brooke Soles

2007 Recipients: Harmony Rose & Shrews Bury

2006 Recipients: Estella Tse & Kian Boloori

2005 Recipient: Faith Cheltenham

2004 Recipient: Kristen "Moof" Mayeda 

Dan Calder Excellence in Academics Award

2016 Recipient: Omar Nieto & Isis Piccillo

2015 Recipient: Jack Kaden

2014 Recipient: Malerie Grady

2013 Recipient: Lee Jasperse 

2012 Recipient: Lauren Anne Jow 

2011 Recipient: Calvin Cheng 

2010 Recipient: Alexa Camarena

2009 Recipients: April Ledbetter & Antoni Meixel

2008 Recipient: Nikki Gulck

2007 Recipient: Zalya Sanchez

2006 Recipient: Baylee DeCastro

2005 Recipient: Jerel Calzo

2004 Recipient: Ernesto Nodado II

2003 Recipient: Rebecca Skoor & Niousha Moini

2002 Recipient: Ken Levin

2001 Recipient: Richard Joseph Abdelkerim

2000 Recipient: Michael Angel Bermudez

1999 Recipient: Hathleen Grethchen Greene

1998 Recipient: Ginny Tal 

For Current or Graduating Students:

Curtis Shepard UCLA LGBT Leadership Award

2016 Recipient: Kara Chang

2015 Recipients: Jesus "Aces" Lira and Chris Cabrera

2014 Recipient: Gabe Hongsduit 

2013 Recipient:
 Yiu Ho Au 

2012 Recipient:
 Marcus Mc Rae 

2011 Recipient:
 Stephen Searles 

2010 Recipient:
 Vanessa Angulo

2009 Recipient:
 Danny Torres Lopez|

2008 Recipient:
 Natalie Castillo 

2007 Recipients:
Jeremy Boulat & Richard Passmore 

2006 Recipient
: Kale Likover & Maggie Wells

2005
 Recipient: Paymon Ebrahimzadeh 

2004 Recipient:
 Lisa Erin Concoff & Jeffrey F. Thomas

2003 Recipient:
 Adam Levy & Josh Sassoon 

2002 Recipient:
 Desiree-Lysette Creagh Buford

2001 Recipient:
 Angel D'Marco Z. Alekent 

2000 Recipient:
 Andrew Edward Saxon

1999 Recipient:
 Tamar Tokat

1998 Recipient:
 Daniel Ryan Quick

Charles E. Harless Graduate Student Leadership Award

2016 Recipient:
Gregory Achen

2015 Recipient: Devon Dickau

2014 Recipient: 
Craig Pulsipher 

2013 Recipient:
 Liam Mina 

2012 Recipient:
 Allison Michelle Clement 

2011 Recipient:
 Roderic Crooks 

2010 Recipient:
 Lisa Concoff Kronbeck

2009 Recipient:
 Christopher Webber

2008 Recipient: 
Walter Butler 

2007 Recipients: 
Ryan Dunn & Scott Nass

2006 Recipient: Stephan Pennington 

2005 Recipient: Charles E. Harless

For First or Second Year Students:

Minton-Spidell Emerging Leader Award

2016 Recipients: Anzor Komok & Arman Sharif

2015 Recipients: Stephen Pilcher & Aubrey Sassoon

2014 Recipients: Austin Beltrand & Douglas Meyer 

2013 Recipient: Rashmi Raviprasad 

2012 Recipient: 
Cyrus Sinai 

2011 Recipient: 
Eric Adams 

2010 Recipients: 
Marcus McRae & RJ Jimenez 

2009 Recipient: 
Stephen Searles

2008 Recipients: 
Joseph Hernandez & Galen Roth

Students' Choice Outstanding Faculty

2016 Recipient: Ardis Ann Moe

2013 Recipient: Alma Lopez

2011 Recipient: Catherine Opie

2009 Recipient: 
David Gere

2008 Recipient: 
Arthur L. Little

2007 Recipient: 
Stuart Biegel

2006 Recipients: 
Linda Garnets & Alicia Gaspar De Alba

Lavender Leader Award

In 2012, in honor of the 15th Lavender Graduation, we started a new tradition, the Lavender Leader Award, to recognize a leader in the community that has tirelessly advocated for LGBT and other social justice concerns. Recipients are UCLA alumni and friends of UCLA who have demonstrated continued commitment to LGBTQ inclusion at local, state, or national levels and are models of our True Bruin values of integrity, excellence, accountability, respect, and service.

2016 Recipient: D'Lo

2015 Recipient: Mia Yamamoto

2010 Recipient:
Chuck Williams

2009 Recipient:
Dustin Lance Black

2008 Recipient:
Peter Hayashida

2007 Recipient:

Sheila James Kuehl, '62

2006 Recipient:
Roberta Conroy, '76

2005 Recipient:
Paul Colichman, '83, '85


2005 Recipients:
Natalie Newton
Lisa White
2004 Recipients:
Angelis De Marco Alekent
Jimmy Avalos
2003 Recipient:
McCreigan Michaelis
2002 Recipient:
Skyler Masen Davis
2001 Recipients:
Kelly Michael Finn
Daniel Lane Gould 
2000 Recipient:
Michael A. Richter
1999 Recipient:
Jason Seifer
1998 Recipient:
Steven Leider

Previous Keynote Speakers

 
  • 2016 Lavender Graduation
  • 2015 Lavender Graduation
  • 2014 Lavender Graduation
  • 2013 Lavender Graduation
  • 2012 Lavender Graduation
  • 2011 Lavender Graduation
  • 2009 Lavender Graduation