Lavender Graduation 2017


Thursday, April 27, 2017
Great Room, Healey Family Student Center
Ceremony: 5:15pm - 7:00pm 
Reception: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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.

2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: FR. michael A. zampelli, sj


Fr. Michael A. Zampelli, SJ (CAS ’82) is the Paul L. Locatelli, SJ University Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Santa Clara University where he has been on the faculty since 1998, and has also served as Rector from 2010-2015.

Father Zampelli is a compelling, passionate, and remarkable teacher and public speaker. He teaches classes in performance studies, gender and sexuality in performance, theatre history, and dramatic literature. He looks at the intersections and creative tensions of religious and spiritual lives in theatre, and has examined the dynamics of Jesuit performance histories. Via the lens of theatre and performance, Fr. Zampelli is able to stage some of the inherent contradictions and creative paradoxes of the lived lives and experiences of Jesuits.

His scholarly work has appeared in several journals and book volumes, including: From Rome to Eternity: Catholicism and the Arts in ItalyThe Jesuits II: Cultures, Sciences, and the Arts; Contexts, Identities, Affinities, and PerformancesCatholic Theatre and Drama: Critical Essays, A Companion to Hrotsvit of Gandersheim; and Music as Cultural Mission. His current research focuses on the retrieval of the Jesuit performance traditions in 19th and early 20th century America. 

In conjunction with his teaching and research, Father Zampelli, a former Executive Producer of the Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society at Georgetown, also routinely directs plays. He is particularly interested in the process of retrieving historical performances for contemporary audiences. He has served as stage director, in national and international venues, for Jesuit-inspired performance pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries. 

A former board member of the Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry, Father Zampelli’s pastoral work with LGBTQ Catholics has been extensive and exciting. He also maintains a very fulfilling ministry to incarcerated individuals in the Diocese of San Jose, California.

Father Zampelli graduated from Georgetown in 1982 with a BA in English, after which he entered the Society of Jesus. He received an MA in Humanities from Fordham University and an MDiv and STM from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.  Ordained a priest in 1993, he received a PhD in Drama from Tufts University.

For more information:

Father Zampelli's Full Biography

REGISTRATION for class of 2017

Graduating Seniors of the Class of 2017: As a valued member of the campus community, we would be delighted and honored to have you participate our 9th Annual Lavender Graduation Ceremony. In order for us to prepare the seating, certificates, and other logistics, we ask that you fill out this Hoyalink form. Registration is required to attend and participate in the ceremony for the Class of 2017. 

Faculty, Staff, Student, and Family guests please register here.


As part of Lavender Graduation, we take a moment to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of the graduating students during their time on campus. We welcome any enrolled student, faculty, or staff member to nominate a graduating student, faculty, or staff member one of our six awards.

Learn more about the awards and make nominations here by March 20th.


Each year Lavender Graduation invites an undergraduate senior to share reflections on their experience of their time at Georgetown.  We ask that the student speaker meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • is a current undergraduate student graduating in the Class of 2017
  • identifies as LGBTQ
  • can speak to both the personal and communal journey of the four years at Georgetown for approximately 3-5 minutes.

Students need not have been involved directly with the LGBTQ Resource Center or GU PRIDE to be considered for selection.  If you have any questions about the senior speech at Lavender Graduation or the selection process, please do not hesitate to contact Julian Haas at 

Please submit your application here by Friday, March 31st.

2017 Lavender graduation program

Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan
Director of Hindu Life
Georgetown University

Dr. Jeanne Lord
Dean of Students & Associate VP of Student Affairs
Georgetown University

Remarks on 9th Annual Lavender Graduation
John J. DeGioia Ph.D., Col ‘79, Grad ’95
Georgetown University

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Fr. Greg Schenden
Roman Catholic Chaplain
Georgetown University

Fr. Michael Zampelli, SJ, CAS '82
Paul Locatelli Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies
Santa Clara University

Our Time at Georgetown: Senior Reflection

Presentation of Awards 

Recognition of Graduates

Closing Ceremony


  • Office of the President
  • Office of the Provost
  • Office of Mission & Ministry
  • School of Medicine
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • School of Continuing Studies
  • Division of Student Affairs 

Dinaw Mengestu: Keynote Speech

Shiva Subbaraman: Closing Remarks