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Kansas State University Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes LGBT and ally students for their achievements and contributions to the university as students who have been successful at the college experience. Through such recognition, these 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. 

Lavender Graduation builds on the university-wide commencement events as a ceremony celebrating and recognizing our K-State Wildcat Seniors. The event is held prior to the academic commencement ceremony to facilitate participation before the conclusion of the academic year. 

The tradition of Lavender Graduation began at the University of Michigan in 1995 with just three graduates. Now, there over 80 Colleges and Universities holding Lavender Graduation Ceremonies and the tradition continues to expand to additional colleges and universities across the country. The color lavender plays a historic role in LGBT history and in the community.  It's a combination of the colors pink and black which were once used to identify and discriminate against gays and lesbians. The LGBT community has reclaimed lavender as a symbol of pride and community.

The LGBT Resource Center welcomes all graduating students and members of our esteemed alumni to participate and register below for this event.  If you are a community member, student, faculty, or staff that would just like to attend and show your support, please please feel free to register and indicate that you are a guest in the biography section of the on-line form.

We encourage you to submit pictures highlighting your academic and extracurricular involvement throughout your time at K-State. These photos will be part of a slideshow that will be presented during the ceremony. Please send your pictures to lgbt@k-state.edu with attention "Lavender Graduation" in the subject line.


Sunday, May 3, 2015 | 2 pm | K-State Alumni Center

Brief Autobiography
Discuss in 4-6 sentences your accomplishments at school, student groups, and positions held, etc. This may be edited.