I created Lavender Graduation for two reasons: first, I wasn’t invited to my chidlren’s graduation becasue of my sexual orientation. Second, LGBTQ students were telling me that their lives were miserable on campus and they coudln’t wait to get out. I wanted their last taste of their college experience to be positive, to remind them that they and their scholarshi-p mattered to the academy.
The first Lavender Graduation took place at the University of Michigan in 1995 with three graduates. Today, over 500 colleges and universities offer lavender graduation ceremonies for their students.
I have had the honor of presenting the keynote address at Lavender Graduations around the country. Some of those locations include:
University of Michigan
Antioch University Seattle
University of South Florida
University of North Florida
University of Florida
Kent State University
California State University San Marcos
University of California Santa Barbara
Portland State University
Cal Poly Pomona
California State University Fullerton
Oregon State University
University of Southern California
In 2020, Lavender Graduation will be 25 years old. Invite me to speak at your school’s Lavender Graduation as we commemorate this milestone.