BABSON CELEBRATES LAVENDER GRADUATION WITH PRIDE AWARDS
The Babson community celebrated graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and ally students at the second annual campus Lavender Graduation ceremony during Commencement week.
Dr. Thomas Bourdon '98, president of Greater Boston PFLAG, served as Babson's inaugural Lavender Graduation keynote speaker.
Babson also presented the first annual Pride Awards to staff, faculty, alumni, and friends of the college who made significant contributions to Babson and/or the greater LGBTQ community.
The Pride Awards honored the contributions of Babson community members from all parts of campus. The 2014 winners were:
- Undergraduate: Christian Lewis '13, Natalie Cullings '14
- Graduate: Christine Yoon M'15
- Staff: Jamie Kendrioski, Director of International Student & Scholar Services
- Faculty: Toni Lester, Ph.D., Professor of Law, Culture and Society
- Alumni & Friends: Richard Babson
- I cannot encourage you enough to live your life with honesty and integrity. Be your true, authentic-self, and be proud of who you are.
- Keep in mind that money is not the most important thing in life. Relationships are. Go out there and be a good person, and an honest person. Show people that you care.
- Recognize your privilege, and use it for good. We all hold different forms of privilege, whether it’s based on our gender, race, the families we came from, the amount of money in our bank accounts. Recognize where you have privilege—own it, understand it, and understand where others don’t have it, and use your privilege to help others so that we might see more equity in this world.
- Treat everyone with respect.
- Do not burn bridges.
- Give your life meaning and purpose. One great way to do this do this is by finding a way to help change the world for the better.
- You are amazing people with beautiful spirits, so go make us proud.