Lavender Graduation

What is a Lavender Graduation?

Lavender Graduation is an inspiring and affirming ceremony that celebrates the achievements of graduating undergraduate and graduate students in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and ally (LGBTQQIA) community from Cornell University.

Who participates in a Lavender Graduation?

Recognizing the challenging road to graduation that many within the LGBTQQIA+ community face, the ceremony gives graduating students, family, friends, faculty, administrators, peers, allies, and significant persons the opportunity to holistically embrace each student at the conclusion of their academic journey. Since this ceremony only takes place once a year, all graduating students from May 2019 through December 2019 may participate.

When:  May 2, 2019 . 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, reception to follow. 
Where: Biotech G10
What: The ceremony provides students with the opportunity to thank significant supporters and a time to reflect on the achievements that each person has contributed to our community while at Cornell. As part of the ceremony, graduating students will receive a rainbow symbol from Cornell and a certificate honoring their resiliency and courage.

How to Sign Up

Lavender Graduation Registration will begin in October 2018.

Are there specific awards given during the ceremony?

Yes, there are a variety of awards given at Lavender Graduation. Please review the descriptions below and feel free to submit your nominations here.

Ally Award: Undergraduate & Graduate Students
This award seeks to honor the contributions of friends and allies to the LGBTQ+ community at Cornell University.  Honorees have helped with programs, served as leaders within the LGBTQ community, and can be considered active change agents invested in the LGBTQ+ community.

Coalition Building Award: Undergraduate & Graduate Students
Persons honored with this award have utilized their skill and understanding of justice related issues to create broad-based coalitions and conversations amongst the LGBTQ+ community and others on campus to create change, promote understanding, and further equality for students, faculty, and staff at Cornell University.  

Community Activism Award: Undergraduate & Graduate Students
This award recognizes individuals who have provided strong, enduring, and consistent advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community over time. Awardees efforts have served to broaden the understanding of LGBTQ+ issues at Cornell and have provided positive change at the University and in the surrounding community.

Lambda Award: Undergraduate & Graduate Students
The Greek letter Lambda was selected as a symbol by the Gay Activists Alliance of New York in 1970. In December 1974, the lambda was officially declared the international symbol for gay and lesbian rights by the International Gay Rights Congress and is known to signify unity under oppression. This award is given to those who have contributed extraordinary service to the LGBTQ+ community. Awardees will have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and a commitment to bringing a spirit of unity to the LGBTQ+ community at Cornell University.

University Department Award
This award is given to the facility, office, or department that has been the most supportive of the LGBTQ+ community within the past academic year.

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