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: rev. michael A. zampelli, s.j.

Rev. Michael A. Zampelli, S.J. (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.

Rev. 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, Rev. 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, Rev. 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, Rev. 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.

Rev. 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:

Rev Zampelli’s Full Biography

REGISTRATION for class of 2017

Graduating Seniors of the Class of 2017: Registration for Lavender Graduation 2017 is now closed. Please email with any questions or concerns.

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

2017 lavender graduation award winners

Commitment to the Campus Community
Caitlin Opperman

Beyond the Gates
Carlo Izzo

Bridge Builder
Luke Brown

Outstanding Champion to the LGBTQ Community
Ghenesis Mendez

Staff Commitment to the LGBTQ Community
Jennifer Wiggins

Faculty Commitment to the LGBTQ Community
You-me Park

Visit our archives to view previous Lavender Graduation Award winners.

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
Rev. Greg Schenden, S.J.
Roman Catholic Chaplain
Georgetown University

Rev. Michael A. Zampelli, S.J., 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

Welcome: Dr. Jeanne Lord

Remarks from President John J. DeGioia

Keynote Speech: Rev Michael A. Zampelli, S.J.

Senior Reflection: Luke Brown (COL ’17)

Performance: Campus Ministry Choir

lavender graduation 2017 photos