Lavender Ceremony

The Lavender Ceremony is an informal graduation ceremony held by universities to honor and celebrate their LGBTQIA+ students and Allies. This event is not meant to replace commencement, but to compliment it. It is a time to celebrate the student's accomplishments and contributions to the university. The Lavender Ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish Lesbian who held the first ceremony at the University of Michigan in 1995. The tradition has since spread to over 200 universities.

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The inaugural Lavender Ceremony was awarded a SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Awards for 2019!

Friday, May 8, 2020 — Save the date!

Brockport's Lavender Ceremony will be a celebration for our students who are members or allies of the LGBTQIA+ community and their supporters. Our Ceremony will include a Keynote Speaker and the presentation of awards. A section of the ceremony will be dedicated to recognizing the graduates who will have the opportunity to walk across the stage and receive a special certificate. We will also be welcoming Alum to participate in our ceremony and Faculty and Staff to support students as they cross the stage. Following the ceremony there will be a reception with refreshments. We hope you will join us for this grand occasion! Sponsored by the Division of Advancement, LGBTQIA+ Faculty/Staff Group, Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities, Brockport PRIDE, Promoting Excellence in Diversity Grant, & Hazen Center for Integrated Care.

Register for the 2020 Ceremony

Students who graduate in Fall ’19, Winter ’20, Spring ’20, Summer ’20 and Fall ’20 can participate in the 2020 Ceremony along with Alumni!

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Nominate a Keynote and/or Student Speaker for the Ceremony

Submissions are due Monday, March 23 at 8 am:

Send a Positive Message

If you are unable to attend the Lavender Ceremony that is okay!  

Do you know a graduating student? Would you like to leave a positive message for the students in general? Leave a message and it will be shared during the reception.

Please keep in mind that we do not want to out someone or cause someone stress, so the committee may reserve the right to remove names or personal identifiers. 

Thank you for showing your support.

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For more information about the Lavender Ceremony, contact:

Devon Smith
Interim Coordinator
Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities
(585) 395-2147

Monique Rew-Bigelow
Director, Residential Life/Learning Communities
(585) 395-2122

Kiera Duckworth
Diversity and Inclusion Program Coordinator
(585) 395-5014

Last Updated 2/25/20

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