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Lavender Celebration for Graduates

  • International Festival at Clemson Univesrity, Clemson, SC
  • International Festival at Clemson Univesrity, Clemson, SC
  • International Festival 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 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 takes place in May and also celebrates August and December graduates of that year.

Lavender Celebration will be held Saturday, April 27th at 2 p.m. in the Hendrix Center Ballrooms with a donning ceremony and reception.

For registration questions and information, contact Ciera Durden at cierad@clemson.edu or 864-656-7625.