Lavender Graduation Ceremony
May 22, 2013
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Those from the SMU LGBTQQI community who are graduating in the 12/13 academic year will be honored at this event. We will have the opportunity to celebrate and recognize the remarkable accomplishment of graduating from one of SMU’s rigorous programs.
Details of This Year's Celebration:
The 1st Annual Lavender Graduation Celebration will take place Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Health Education Center, Room 312. All interested graduates must register by Friday, May 3, 2013. Please register by sending your full name and program to firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants receive a commemorative lavender cord, program booklet, and reception for family and friends. There is no current fee for registration.
Why a Lavender Graduation Celebration?
For decades students at colleges and universities around the country have been celebrating both their academic achievements and their cultural heritages at specialized commencement events. Many of these events are student-initiated and usually occur during the university-wide commencement weekend. These events provide a sense of community for minority students who often experience tremendous culture shock at their impersonalized institutions. For many students they are the payoff for staying in school, and friends and families find the smaller, more ethnic ceremonies both meaningful and personal. Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes LGBTQI students of all races and ethnicities and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the university as students who survived the college or graduate school experience. Through such recognition LGBTQI 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.
Lavender Graduation is an event to which LGBTQI students look forward, where they not only share their hopes and dreams with one another, but where they are officially recognized by the institution for their leadership and their successes and achievements.
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