Lavender Graduate Celebration

Lavender Grad was started in 2006. This event commemorates the accomplishments of the LGBTQIA+ communities and their allies.

For many historically underrepresented and traditionally marginalized students, graduating from college signifies success not only for themselves but also for their family and friends. The Intercultural Center recognizes the importance of this milestone with celebrations that offer Saint Mary’s students the opportunity to publicly thank the people who helped them on their journey.

Keynote Speaker


Student Keynote Speaker

Sean Hennigan
Bachelor of Science, Psychology.
Minor: Creative Writing.

Lavender Graduates

Madeleine Alt


Amanda Ausonio

Psychology: Personality

Diana Carey

Theatre Performance and Theatre Studies

Alyx Carpenter

Politics & Women's and Gender Studies

Emily Conway


Sophia Courtemarche

Theatre Technical and Dance

Alexis Flores

Justice, Community, and Leadership: Multiple Subject Teacher Education

Jazmine Godinez

Psychology: Child/Adolescent Development & Spanish and Latin American Studies

Sean Hennigan


Christelle Julia Jara


Madelyn Kenshol


Mayson Lord

English: Creative Writing

Julia McCormack

Kinesiology: Sports and Recreation Management

Courtney Metz

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Fiction

Brenda O’Connor

Integral Liberal Arts

Benjamin Rings

Business Administration: Business Analytics

Jaida Rocha


Manal Sadek


Ryan Sinclair Shepherd

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Fiction

Taylor Welsh

Justice, Community, and Leadership: General & Sociology




 Dr. Michael Hoffshire

Director, Student Engagement and Academic Success

Awarded to an SMC faculty or staff member who the graduating class believes has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community at Saint Mary’s

 Alyx Carpenter

Bachelor of Arts, Politics & Women’s and Gender Studies

Awarded to a graduating student who the graduating class believes has demonstrated exceptional service and leadership to the LGBTQIA+ community at Saint Mary’s



Staff and Faculty Congratulations

A compilation video message of congratulations and best wishes from just some of the SMC faculty and staff whom the graduating class identified as influential mentors and professors along their respective journeys.  

Features: Alicia Rusoja, Álvaro Ramírez, Amissa Miller, Carrie Davis, Cathy Davalos, Cesar Ramos, David Quijada, Denise Witzig, Emily Klein, Jeanine King, Jennifer Pigza, Kathy Littles, Legacy Lee, Loan Dao, Maria Luisa Ruiz, Michael J. Viola, Myrna Santiago, Scott Schonfeldt-Aultman and Ynez Wilson Hirst