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Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation



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Congratulations to the class of 2016!

"Coming from a Commonwealth campus, I have never felt more at home at an event at Penn State. The Lavender Graduation allowed me to be surrounded by people not only have experienced their own coming out story, but have also excelled afterwards. We laughed together, and we got emotional together. Through the emotions and laughter, there was nothing quite like it. Being surrounded by that much love, acceptance, and empowerment was something I will hold with me forever. I am so glad I was able to participate in this event. I encourage commonwealth campus students to consider attending. It was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made." -Bryan Underkoffler-Schuykill Campus

Class of 2016 Group picture


Lavender Graduation cake for graduates

Lavender Graduation room set up


Susan Russell speaking during Lavender Graduation


Two graduates at Lavender Graduation
















Lavender Graduation-Rainbow tassel on diploma

Lavender Graduation, presented by the LGBTQA Student Resource Center, is a cultural celebration that recognizes Penn State's LGBTQA students of all races and ethnicities and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the university as students. It is an inspiring and affirming ceremony that celebrates the achievements of graduating students in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally community from all of the Penn State University campuses.

Through such recognition LGBTQA students may leave the university with a positive last experience of the institution thereby encouraging them to become involved mentors for current students as well as financially contributing alumni.


Graduating students from all Penn State campuses.

Recognizing the challenging road to graduation that many students in the LGBTA community face, the ceremony gives Penn State, graduating students, family, friends, faculty, administrators, peers, allies, and significant supporters the opportunity to holistically embrace each student at the conclusion of the undergraduate or graduate journey.


The ceremony includes a sit down dinner, scholarship awards and time to thank a significant supporter (Significant Other Ceremony). It is a time to celebrate the achievements of each graduate. In recognition of their achievements, graduates receive a rainbow tassel, stole, and graduation certificate.



2015 Lavender Graduation

Group picture-2015 Graduates

Full room picture of Lavender Graduation Peg Lucas-Lavender Graduation

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