Lavender Celebration for Graduates

  • Lavender Graduation at Clemson Univesrity, Clemson, SC
  • Lavender Graduation at Clemson Univesrity, Clemson, SC
  • Lavender Graduation at Clemson Univesrity, Clemson, SC
  • Lavender Graduation at Clemson Univesrity, Clemson, SC
  • Lavender Graduation at Clemson Univesrity, Clemson, SC
  • Lavender Graduation at Clemson Univesrity, Clemson, SC

The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish lesbian, who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexual orientation.  Encouraged by the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan, Dr. Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995.  Now, close to 150 colleges and universities across the nation host this event.

At Clemson University, the Lavender Celebration of Graduates is a cultural celebration that recognizes LGBTQ+ students of all races and ethnicities, and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the university during a LGBTQ+ specific ceremony for graduates. The ceremony celebrates spring, summer and fall graduates of that year.

Stay tuned for Lavender Celebration 2020 informaiton.

If you have questions, please contact Ciera Durden at cierad@clemson.edu or 864-656-7625.