Lavender Graduation 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013
5:00-8:00pm, Fisher Colloquium, Rafik B. Hariri Building

Lavender Graduation is a time for family members, students, staff, faculty, and alumni to celebrate the achievements, contributions, and experiences of our graduating LGBTQ and Ally students. 

2013 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. (Col '83), has served as Franklin & Marshall's President since March 2011. He works to enhance academic excellence, recruit extraordinary students from the full AMerican mosaic, respond to students' holistic needs, and help alumni continue trajectories of growth. 

He serves on the Board of Directors of the Cristo Rey Network and has developed partnerships with Teach For America, the KIPP Network, the National College Advising Corps, and Lancaster, Pa. Public Schools. 

Dr. Porterfield graduated from Georgetown in 1983 and from Oxford in 1986 as a Rhodes Scholar. He earned a Ph.D. in 1995 from The Graduate Center at CUNY as a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities. As a Georgetown student and young alum, he founded the After School Kids Program and the DC Schools Project. After working in the Clinton administration, he returned to Georgetown in 1996 and held roles that included leading Georgetown's Public Affairs work, living as a faculty member-in-residence in Copley Hall, and serving for a year as interim Director of Athletics. 

In 2007-08, Dr. Porterfield and Rosemary Kilkenny were asked to develop and coordinate Georgetown's highly successful LGBTQ Initiative. The inclusive process resulted in the establishment of the Center, and the recruitment of Shiva Subbaraman in 2008. 

A teacher of English courses, often in tandem with President DeGioia and Professor of Government Anthony Arend, he received the College and SFS faculty excellence awards in 2008 and 2010, and the Dorothy M. Brown Award in 2003. 

A native of Baltimore, Dr. Porterfield is married to Karen Herrling (C '84, GULC '90). They have three children.

2013 LAVENDER GRADUATION PROGRAM

Invocation
Rabbi Rachel Gartner
Director, Jewish Chaplaincy

Welcome
Todd Olson Ph.D.
Vice President, Division of Student Affairs

President’s Remarks
John J. DeGioia Ph.D., Col ‘79, Grad ’95
President, Georgetown University

Introduction of Keynote Speaker 
Jennifer Nguyen, Col '09, Grad '14

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Dan Porterfield, Col '83
President, Franklin & Marshall College

A Reflection on Our Time at Georgetown
Julia Maddera, Col '13

Presentation of Awards 
Rebecca Barr, Michael Deneen, Juan Dent Husle, Blake E. Johnson, Carly Rosenfield, & Vania Silva
Mitchell Bailin, Associate VP & Dean of Students, Law Center
Matthew Waitner, Hoya MedAlliance

Recognition of Graduates

Closing Remarks
Dennis A. Williams
Associate Dean of Students & Director, CMEA

Reception & Celebration

2013 CELEBRATION PARTNERS
  • Office of the President
  • Office of the Provost
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • McDonough School of Business
  • Office of Mission & Ministry
  • Office of Faculty & Staff Benefits
  • Division of Student Affairs 
2013 AWARD RECIPIENTS

COMMITMENT TO THE LGBTQ CAMPUS COMMUNITY
Presented to: Lisa Kaye Frank

For excellence in leadership and service to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Ally communities at Georgetown University.

LGBTQ LEADERSHIP BEYOND THE GATES
Presented to: N. Zenen Jaimes Peréz

For excellence to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Ally communities beyond Georgetown University.

LGBTQ BRIDGE BUILDER
Presented to: Francisco J. Gutierrez

For excellence and commitment in building connections between the  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Ally community and broader student life at Georgetown University.

OUTSTANDING ALLY TO THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY
Presented to Vail Kohnert-Yount

For the courage to work for equity and equality for the  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Ally communities at Georgetown University.

STAFF COMMITMENT TO THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY
Presented to: Erika Cohen Derr & Fr. Patrick Rogers, S.J.

For leadership, vision, and commitment to the  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Ally communities at Georgetown University.

THE LORRI L. JEAN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN LGBTQ LEADERSHIP & ADVOCACY
Presented to: Meghan Maury

In recognition of student excellence in leadership and service to the  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, and Ally communities at Georgetown Law Center.

HOYA MEDALLIANCE LEADERSHIP AWARD
Presented to: Matthew Sabatino

For promoting the inclusion of LGBT health issues in the medical education curriculum and creating a more respectful culture for LGBTQ medical students.

Lavender Graduation 2013 Photos