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.
Student Keynote Speaker
Bachelor of Science, Psychology.
Minor: Creative Writing.
Alexia Castro Morales
Jynelle Christine Cedro
Christelle Julia Jara
Ryan Sinclair Shepherd
Dr. Michael Hoffshire
Director, Student Engagement and Academic Success
PAUL GIURLANDA AWARD
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
Bachelor of Arts, Politics & Women’s and Gender Studies
STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD
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