2023 Lavender Graduation Celebration

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2023 Lavender Graduation Celebration

Celebrating our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) student graduates!

By Los Angeles Community College District

When and where

Date and time

Starts on Thursday, May 25 · 4pm PDT


Los Angeles Trade Technical-College Culinary Arts Building 400 West Washington Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90015

About this event

Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University. 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. It was through this experience that she came to understand the pain felt by her students. Encouraged by the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan, Dr. Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995. The first Lavender Graduation began at the University of Michigan in 1995, with three graduates. By 2001, there were over 45 Lavender Graduation Ceremonies at Colleges and Universities nationwide. Graduating students, including undergraduates and graduates, are invited to take part in the celebration.

LACCD thanks Sarah Crachiolo-Garcia for bringing the Lavender Graduation to our district and honoring our LGBTQIA+ students.

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