Lavender Graduation 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Great Room, Healey Family Student Center
Ceremony: 5:00pm - 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.



The Honorable Pamela K. Chen is a Federal District Judge in the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn. She was nominated to the federal bench by President Barack Obama and sworn in on March 19, 2013. Judge Chen is the first LGBTQ identified Asian-American federal judge and only the second Chinese female federal district court judge. Since her appointment to the bench, Judge Chen has presided over a wide array of civil and criminal cases, including a civil lawsuit alleging religious profiling of Muslims by the New York City Police Department, the tax fraud prosecution of former U.S. Congressman Michael Grimm of Staten Island, New York, and the RICO prosecution of FIFA soccer officials and media company executives for engaging in a global bribery and kickback conspiracy.

Judge Chen currently participates in numerous community outreach and education programs, including pipeline programs such as the Sonia & Celia Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program, of which she is board member, and the New York City Bar Association’s Enhance Diversity in the Profession Committee to increase the numbers of minorities, including members of the LGBTQ community, in the legal profession and the judiciary. 

Before joining the bench, Judge Chen was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, except for a brief period in 2008 when she served as a Deputy Commissioner in the New York State Division of Human Rights. During her tenure in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Judge Chen investigated and prosecuted cases involving terrorism, gang violence, drug trafficking, hate crimes, official misconduct, and human trafficking. As chief of the civil rights unit, Judge Chen oversaw the development of the Office’s anti-human trafficking program, which resulted in the investigation and prosecution of scores of traffickers and the identification, rescue, and restoration of hundreds of survivors of trafficking, including transgender victims of sexual exploitation and violence. Judge Chen has received numerous awards in connection with her human trafficking work, including the Sanctuary for Families’ Abely Award (which she received with Attorney General Lynch, in recognition of the anti-human-trafficking work done by the U.S. Attorney’s Office under AG Lynch’s leadership as U.S. Attorney), the U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award, the Freedom Network’s Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Foundation’s “Partnerships in Public Safety Award”, and the Susan B. Anthony Award from the National Organization of Women’s New York Chapter. In 2012, Ms. Chen also received the Women’s Leadership Award from the Asian American Bar Association of New York.

Between 1991 and 1998, Judge Chen was a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she investigated and litigated institutional reform cases to protect the rights of individuals confined to state and local facilities, such as prisons, nursing homes, and centers for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness. During that time, she also civilly enforced federal health care access laws, including prevention of threats against reproductive health care providers.

Judge Chen began her legal career at the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1983 and her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1986.

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Class of 2018 Registration

Graduating Seniors of the Class of 2018: Registration is open to all members of the Class of 2018 (undergraduate and graduate) of Main Campus, Medical School, Law Center, and SCS.  You may choose to participate this year regardless of whether or not you are graduating in the Spring term. 

The registration form will also ask you to submit the names of friends or classmates you would like to see attend the Lavender Graduation ceremony with you. This does not sign them up anyone officially, but rather will allow the LGBTQ Resource Center to extend an invitation to them.

Faculty & Staff Registration

We will be joined by President DeGioia, as well as staff and faculty from the Law, Medical, Graduate, and Undergraduate schools. We hope you will join us for this wonderful celebration!

Alumni Registration

We invite all LGBTQ and Ally alumni to attend this year's Lavender Graduation ceremony. 

Guest Registration

In addition to graduating students, the LGBTQ Resource Center would like to cordially invite all family, friends, and members of our Georgetown community to celebrate the achievements of our graduating LGBTQ and Ally students. We encourage Georgetown students to come support their peers graduating this year. We hope you'll join us for both the ceremony and the reception to follow. You won't want to miss this!  

2018 Lavender graduation program

Fr. Mark Bosco, S.J.
Vice President
Mission & Ministry

Dr. Reena Aggarwal
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs & Professor
McDonough School of Business

Remarks on 10th Annual Lavender Graduation
John J. DeGioia Ph.D., Col '79, Grad '95
Georgetown University

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Dean William Treanor
Executive Vice President
GU Law Center

The Honorable Pamela K. Chen, Law '86
Federal District Judge
Eastern District of New York

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 
10 Years of Lavender Graduation