Lavender Graduation

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 3-5pm, Memorial Chapel
Sponsored by the LGBT Equity Center

Lavender Graduation recognizes an important milestone in the lives of our LGBTQ and Allied graduates. Each LGBTQA graduate will receive a rainbow tassel and a certificate of distinction. This event also provides an opportunity for our community to come together and honor those among us who have worked to make College Park a better place for LGBTQ people.

Graduates at all levels (certificates, bachelors, masters, doctoral) are especially encouraged to attend and bring family, friends, and other significant individuals in their lives. This may include members of faculty or staff. Of course, all faculty and staff as well as alumni are invited. Lavender Graduation is only held in May. Thus, December graduates are invited to join us at either the closest Lavender Graduation prior to or following their December graduation.

Dressy casual attire is recommended. Academic regalia is optional.

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Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 10am, Xfinity Center
The procession of students begins promptly at 9:20 a.m. The campus-wide commencement ceremony represents the culmination of a student’s academic career at the University of Maryland. Unlike the individual college or school ceremonies, it is an opportunity for the president to congratulate the graduates as a group. Although graduates do not walk across the stage in the campus-wide ceremony, it is in this ceremony that the degrees are officially conferred. At the end of the ceremony, the graduates will turn their tassels from the right to the left, symbolizing the transition from student to alumnus. The university encourages graduates, their family and friends to attend this approximately 90-minute event marking the beginning of the two-day commencement celebration.

Departments of Women’s Studies and American Studies Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 22, 2015, 9:30am, Memorial Chapel
This event is not only a celebration of the graduating students’ accomplishments at the University of Maryland, but also an occasion to acknowledge our joint enthusiasm for their future endeavors. The university recognizes that commencement is a milestone in our graduates’ lives and, as such, we strive to ensure that everyone enjoys their experience.

Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tale of Slavery and Power

On display until Friday, May 29, 2015, 1214 Cole Student Activities Building, David C. Driskell Center
Kara Walker is one of the most successful and widely known contemporary African American artists today, remarkable for her radical engagement with issues of race, gender, and sexuality, and for the media with which she pursues her studies. Her work pries apart and examines the injustices that African Americans have faced throughout the long and tumultuous history of the United States. She explores power relationships in American society through the vehicle of representations of slavery, race, sexuality, violence, and gender set in the antebellum South. The works, which are inventive and painful, but also satirical and humorous, were selected for the show to display the range of approaches Walker has taken in exploring the legacy of slavery for contemporary American identity. The exhibition features about 60 works; along with Walker’s signature black paper cutout silhouettes, an array of prints, a wall installation, and a video will also be showcased.


Institute for Technology: Transformative Digital Humanities

Friday-Saturday, Wednesday, October 2-3, 2015
This interdisciplinary gathering will explore the uses of digital technologies for transformative social justice through research, pedagogy, and creative practice both within and beyond academia. The two-day event will begin with a day of presentations and workshops featuring speakers whose work combines technological practice with scholarship, activism, and/or art that focuses on feminism, queer studies, and/or critical ethnic studies. The second day will use a collaborative, impromptu ‘unconference’ format in which participants learn and create together in sessions proposed on the spot.

Confirmed speakers include: KEYNOTE, Lisa Nakamura; PLENARY: Moya Bailey, Ann Cong-Huyen, and Amanda Phillips.