Lavender Graduation is a celebration of graduates who identify as queer. The purpose of this separate graduation ceremony is to enable graduates to celebrate the ways that their queer identity impacted their experience and to be empowered to graduate as authentically as possible.
- For folks who are unable to receive their diploma using their name because of legal name change requirements, this celebration is for you.
- For folks who finally found community at App State within the LGBTQ+ Center and other queer spaces, this celebration is for you.
- For folks who want to highlight their queerness and their accomplishments in a smaller setting, this celebration is for you.
Read more about the original Lavender Graduation here.
The ceremony will be held on May 5 from 3-6 pm in the Solarium in Plemmons Student Union. Each graduate will be introduced by someone who will share their accomplishments and celebrate them by reading a short description/bio. Graduates will receive a lavender stoll and, if they were involved in queer clubs or volunteered at the LGBTQ+ Center, they will receive a rainbow cord. Graduates will receive a "diploma" and a small gift. If you would like to participate but don't have anyone to introduce you, you will be introduced by the graduate assistant.
Families and guests are welcome to join in the celebration.