Celebrating Pride Month with the lavender graduates of 2022

Congrats Lav Grads of 2022!

Campus Pride congratulates the LGBTQ+ graduates and allies of the class of 2022. For over twenty years, Campus Pride has been the leading national nonprofit organization for creating LGBTQ+ communities in colleges and universities across the country. We are highlighting campuses nationwide that are celebrating their LGBTQ+ graduating classes. 

Lavender Graduation (Lav Grad) is an annual ceremony hosted by many college and university campuses to honor LGBTQ+ graduates for their academic and personal achievements. For a list of colleges and universities celebrating Lavender Graduation, go to the Human Rights Campaign’s list at www.hrc.org/resources/lavender-graduation

Watch last year’s virtual Campus Pride and PFLAG National Lavender Graduation ceremony at youtube.com/watch?v=wL5ZpxB4X9w

Highlighting campuses celebrating Lav Grad 2022

Los Rios Community College District

The American River College Pride Center celebrated a district-wide virtual “Lavender Celebration” for all Los Rios Community College District campuses. LGBTQ+ students celebrated their educational achievements. The celebration featured keynote speaker and writer Mia Mingus and performances by the gay men’s choir and drag queens.

Bakersfield College

Bakersfield hosted a Lavender Pre-commencement Celebration, as well as Black, Chicano and veteran pre-commencement celebrations. Joining other campuses in celebrating their LGBTQ+ students, Bakersfield held “a cultural celebration that recognizes LGBTQ+ students of all races and ethnicities and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the university as students who survived the college experience.”

Middlebury College

Middlebury’s Anderson Freeman Resource Center hosted its first-ever Lav Grad ceremony for its queer and trans members of the spring and February graduating classes. The ceremony is held to recognize the accomplishments of queer and transgender seniors, where they receive a lavender stole for graduation.

Pride Resource Center at Colorado State University

CSU’s Pride Resource Center celebrated Lav Grad with its LGBTQ+ graduate and undergraduate students. The theme of Lav Grad 2022 was “Metamorphosis.” 

University of Southern California

USC Lav Grad celebrated graduates and scholarship recipients from the Lambda LGBT Alumni Association and recognized graduate and undergraduate LGBTQ+ students with rainbow graduation cords. 

University of Texas Austin

UT Austin’s Gender and Sexuality Center hosted its “Longhorn Lav Grad.” The event was co-sponsored by the UT Queer & Trans Students Alliance, the Pride and Equity Faculty Staff Association, the Pride Alumni Network and the Queer Graduate Student Alliance. Their goal is to provide a venue to demonstrate the success of LGBTQ+ community members. 

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Celebrating its 20th anniversary year in 2021, Campus Pride is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to building future leaders and creating safer, more inclusive communities for LGBTQ people and allies at colleges and universities. Founded in 2001 by nationally-recognized LGBTQ civil rights leader and campus pioneer Shane L. Windmeyer, Campus Pride offers a wide variety of programs and resources for students and prospective students, including the Campus Pride Index, HBCU Clearinghouse, Trans Policy Clearinghouse, Lambda 10, Stop the Hate and Safe Space trainings, and the annual Camp Pride leadership camp. www.campuspride.org.

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