Lavender Graduation

Check back early in 2022 for details on our next Lavender Graduation Ceremony!



What is Lavender Graduation?

The ceremony celebrates the many accomplishments of LGBTQ students and Allies at Bloomsburg University. The Commission for Gender and Sexuality and LGBTQA Resource Center want to take this opportunity to honor our graduates and to thank them for all that they do for the LGBTQ community and the university as a whole. It is also a time for the graduates to thank individuals for their support during the graduates’ time at BU.

Who attends Lavender Graduation?

Each April, we honor Undergraduate and Graduate Students who have already or plan to finish their degree during any semester in the current academic or calendar year. Also, each graduate will be able to identify a significant other who they would specifically like to honor at graduation (see participant form). All students, faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome to attend the ceremony. Feel free to ask guests to join you for the celebration.

Why should I participate?

Lavender Graduation is a time for you to take pride in yourself and your achievements at BU. By participating, you will be a visible sign of the strength of our community and serve as an example to future LGBTQA graduates. It also allows you an opportunity to thank those individuals in your life that have supported you during your time in school.

What about the official university graduation?

Lavender Graduation in no way replaces the University’s graduation. You will still be able to walk with your graduating class, AND you will be able to wear your rainbow tassel and cords as a sign of your community pride.

Do I have to be LGBTQ or actively involved in LGBTQ issues on campus to participate?

NO. The ceremony is our way of celebrating ALL LGBTQ students and Allies at BU.

What should I wear?

No need to wear caps & gowns for this ceremony. Most participants at other Lav Grads around the country wear “business casual.” However, it’s your graduation, so we want you to be comfortable and express yourself. [Keep in mind: this is a “family” celebration, so keep it PG.]


Please contact the LGBTQA Resource Center at with any questions or concerns.