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  • 2019-04-17
  • John Follaco

Lavender Ceremony to Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Students and Allies

May 3 ceremony will be the first of its kind at Brockport.

SUNY Brockport is adding a new tradition this spring.

LGBTQIA+ students and allies will be honored and celebrated during the College’s first Lavender Ceremony at 4 pm on May 3 in the Seymour College Union Ballroom. The first Lavender Ceremony was held at the University of Michigan in 1995 and has since spread to more than 200 colleges and universities.

Since this is the first ceremony of its kind at Brockport, alumni are also being welcomed back to campus to participate.

“This ceremony is designed to complement Commencement,” said Monique Rew-Bigelow, interim director of the Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities and of the event’s organizers. “It’s a formal way to acknowledge our graduating students, allies, and alumni who are deeply invested in their college experience. It’s also an opportunity for the College to show that we’re committed to equity and access for all.”

The approximately 90-minute ceremony will feature an awards presentation and an opportunity for graduates to walk across the stage and receive a special certificate. Alumna Laura Clark ’12, who is passionate about LGBTQIA+ advocacy, gender equality, and human rights issues, will deliver a keynote address.

Those interested in participating are being asked to register. The rest of the campus community is encouraged to attend and show support. Those who are unable to attend can leave a message of support in the Lavender Ceremony program*.

Senior Jessica Burley, who worked closely with Rew-Bigelow and others to bring the ceremony to campus and who will speak during the event, has already been positively impacted by the way the Brockport community has embraced it.

“The widespread support I have seen for this event makes me feel even more comfortable and accepted on our campus,” Burley said. “Having the College hold an event like the Lavender Ceremony makes it clear and visible that Brockport supports the LGBTQIA+ community and supports our success.” 

*Please note the program entry deadline has now passed.

Last Updated 7/29/21

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