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The Gender + Equality Center pleased to host our second annual Lavender Graduation for LGBTQIA+ students. Out of an abundance of caution for our OU community and to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to host our first virtual Lavender Graduation to celebrate the accomplishment of our graduates.


Lavender Graduations began in 1995 at the University of Michigan as a cultural celebration for LGBTQIA+ students of all races and ethnicities in order to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the university as students who survived the college experience. This celebration of the culmination of a student’s undergraduate career is important to honor in the context of their identity; Lavender Graduation recognizes students with their chosen names, the correct pronouns, and celebrates the fullness of who they are. Universities across the country recognize the need to affirm graduating seniors in this manner and we are proud and honored to continue this tradition at the University of Oklahoma.


The following students have given consent to publish their names on this website. Please note that there are many more LGBTQIA+ students who are graduating and who we are honoring but for privacy purposes have opted out of being listed publicly.

Affirming NamePronounsDegree 

Chris Bourgeois


B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering with minors in Computer Science and Music


Eduardo Campbell Bethancourt


Bachelor of Arts in International and Area Studies, minors in Portuguese and Psychology


AC Carlton


Chemical Engineering


Anthony Conroy


BMA in Music Composition


Morgan Danker


Journalism & Mass Comm MA

Leanne HoThey/Them/Theirs

BA in English Literary and Cultural Studies

Courtney MartinShe/Her and/or They/ThemBachelor of Arts in Psychology 
Javier RamirezHe/Him/His

Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s & Gender Studies and Human Relations


Solena Rizzato


Bachelor of Music- Organ Performance, Bachelor of Musical Arts- Viola Performance/Organ Technology


Anna Margret Sverrisdottir


BA in Journalism: Major in Creative Media Production and Minor in Anthropology


Shelby Wilson


Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology


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The OU LGBTQ Alumni Society it a free alumni organization for graduates of OU to stay connected to OU, their friends, and to get involved with their alma mater. The Society organizes regional and national events, such as our annual OU/TX Happy Hour, provides scholarships to students, and participates in professional development to current LGBTQ students through the GEC's Mentorship Program. With the Society, there are opportunities for you to provide mentorship to current students, organize your own events, and get engaged with other post-graduation OU activities.

On Friday, May 8th, at 4 PM Eastern Time, we will "gather" LGBTQ+ seniors and their biggest fans to honor them on a national stage, to acknowledge their talents and accomplishments, and to show them the full support of the LGBTQ+ community and our allies.