What is Lavender Graduation?

Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University.  The first Lavender Graduation began at the University of Michigan in 1995, with three graduates.  By 2001, there were over 45 Lavender Graduation Ceremonies at Colleges and Universities nationwide.  Graduating students, including undergraduates and graduates, are invited to take part in the celebration.

For decades students at colleges and universities around the country have been celebrating both their academic achievements and their cultural heritages at specialized commencement events. Many of these events are student-initiated and usually occur during the university-wide commencement weekend. These events provide a sense of community for minority students who often experience tremendous culture shock at their impersonalized institutions. For many students they are the payoff for staying in school, and friends and families find the smaller, more ethnic ceremonies both meaningful and personal.

Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes LGBT students of all races and ethnicities and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the university as students who survived the college experience. Through such recognition LGBT students may leave the university with a positive last experience of the institution thereby encouraging them to become involved mentors for current students as well as financially contributing alumni.

What is Lavender Graduation?

A ceremony to honor Florida Atlantic University's graduating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Oueer and Ally undergraduate and graduate students. The annual celebration commemorates their achievements, contributions, and unique experiences at FAU. This ceremony will end with a reception celebrating LGBTQ+ and Ally students, their families, and support systems.

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Geanny Joseph Ruiz, gjosep20@fau.edu

If you require a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at multiculturalaffairs@fau.edu, or TTY Relay Station 1-800-955-8770 at least five (5) business days before the event.

 Last Modified 3/29/18