Thirty-five 2014 University of Texas at Austin graduates and alumni participated in the seventh Lavender Graduation ceremony hosted by the Gender and Sexuality Center and Queer Students Alliance on Wed. May 14.The Queer Chorus provided music for the ceremony and University of Texas Libraries staff member Jason Sick served as the head of ceremonies. Graduating senior Kora Noel Cook was the student speaker and Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon, pastor of the Friends Congregational Church in College Station, Texas, delivered the keynote. Dr. Mark Musick was honored with the Lavender Spirit Award and Dr. Lyndon Gill received the AIR Award.
The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center hosted by the Texas Exes LGBT Alumni Network and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.
UT alum Dr. Michael Barnes, a columnist and reporter for the Austin American Statesman, was honored with the first LGBT Network Community Leadership Award and UT staff member Erin Burrows was honored with the Lynne Milburn Award.