The Wake Forest University LGBTQ Center was thrilled to hold our inaugural Lavender Graduation Celebration. This tradition began at the University of Michigan in 1995 to honor LGBTQ students for surviving their college years. At Wake Forest, our Lavender Graduation celebrates LGBTQ students and allies who have contributed to the rich diversity of our campus community. Lavender Graduation was held on April 30, 2014 at 6 pm in the Z. Smith Reynolds Auditorium. The Wake Forest community came together to honor LGBTQ students and allies for their contributions to Wake Forest University and wish them well in their future endeavors.
April 30, 2014
Z. Smith Reynolds Auditorium
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Robby Gregg
Diversity Thought Leader, Partnership Strategist
J. Robby Gregg, Jr. is a nationally recognized diversity expert with more than 20 years of experience in designing and executing multi-platform diversity strategies in the areas of organizational management, human resources, communication and marketing, and corporate responsibility. He has a core expertise in developing workplace inclusion initiatives that increase opportunities for professionals from all segments of society, especially those with disabilities.
Robby is widely known as a pragmatic strategist who builds and sustains impactful business relationships with relevant stakeholders at all levels. He also has extensive experience in the fields of nonprofit fundraising and partnership development, human resources, and diversity and inclusion management. He has held key positions at various companies including, True Blue Inclusion, Cook Ross, Inc., PFLAG, AOL-Time Warner, and Adecco Employment Services, Inc.
As a consistently sought-after panelist and speaker on diversity issues, Robby has received numerous accolades for his work as a diversity practitioner including the 2012 Diversity Champions Award, presented by the World Diversity Leadership Council. This prestigious award recognizes diversity leadership and exemplary commitment to addressing the challenges and opportunities related to global diversity management.
Robby is also the recipient of the inaugural National Inclusion Champion Award from the Center for Inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is a strong advocate and spokesperson for the National Dignity and Respect Campaign. Robby received a special service award from the incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou in recognition of his commitment to supporting the programmatic fundraising needs of her flagship public charter school for at-promise students in Washington, D.C.
Robby is a staunch advocate for equality and social justice. He serves on a number of boards and committees including the Hispanic Heritage Foundation President’s Advisory Committee and the Maya Angelou Public Charter School Board of Directors. In addition, Robby is currently, serving as co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign’s Diversity Council.
With a B.A. in Communications from Wake Forest University, Robby is among an exclusive group of students schooled under the tutelage of Dr. Maya Angelou. He considers it an honor and a privilege to have one of the greatest voices in contemporary literature as a personal mentor and trusted friend.