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Although Carolina’s official commencement celebrates the entire Class of 2018, there are also numerous special ceremonies that honor specific groups of the graduating class. Among them are Lavender Graduation; Red, White & Carolina Blue Graduation Ceremony; Black Student Movement Graduation Celebration; and Éxitos Latinx Graduation Ceremony and Recognition Reception.

Lavender Graduation is a commencement ceremony honoring Sexuality Studies minors, graduating LGBTIQA+ identified students, and their allies. It is a cultural celebration that acknowledges the achievements and contributions that students of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions have made. Undergraduate student and graduate/professional student winners of the LGBTIQ Advocacy Award are announced during the ceremony. Hosted by the LGBTQ Center. Sonja Haynes Stone Center Hitchcock Room, May 6, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Red, White, & Carolina Blue Graduation Ceremony honors all military-affiliated graduates and includes participation by veterans, active duty service members, National Guard, Reservists, and ROTC commissionees. The program includes the presentation of colors and our National Anthem, remarks from students and administrators, and the presentation of Military Honor Cords. Dress is business casual or uniform optional (service dress/Class A). If you are a participant, in recognition of your military service to the United States of America, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill would like to honor your graduation by authorizing you to wear red, white, and blue honor cords to this commencement ceremony. If you are graduating and are an honorably discharged U.S. veteran, are currently serving in the U.S. military (active duty, National Guard, or Reserves), or will be commissioned upon graduation, you are authorized to wear a Military Honor Cord. This cord is provided to you at no cost by the Office of the Dean of Students. Hosted by the Office of the Dean of Students and Carolina Veterans Resource Center. FPG Student Union Great Hall, May 11, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Black Student Movement Graduation Celebration recognizes and celebrates the achievements of Black students who are part of the Class of 2018. This event also acknowledges their families, friends, and members of the UNC family who have supported their endeavors. Johnny Lee Chapman (’14) will deliver the keynote. Sonja Haynes Stone Center, May 11, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Éxitos Latinx Graduation Ceremony and Recognition Reception is a bilingual event that serves to celebrate the work and dedication that students have devoted to the Latinx community. Students do not have to identify as Latinx to participate. Professor Nilda Peragallo Montana, Dean of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, will deliver the keynote. Following tradition, all participating students will receive a unique Éxitos Latinx stole as a small token of appreciation for their commitment. Hosted by the Carolina Latinx Collaborative (CLC). FedEx Global Education Center, May 11, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. RSVP to Josmell Perez.

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