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IU Northwest's Lavender Graduation

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Indiana University Northwest

3400 Broadway

Savannah Center Auditorium

Gary, IN 46408

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What is Lavender Graduation?
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, which occurs each year the week prior to university-wide commencement events.

Why a Lavender Graduation Ceremony?
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 LGBTQ students of all races and ethnicities and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the university as students who survived the college experience. Through such recognition LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ 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.

The significance of "Lavender"
Lavender is important to LGBTQ history. It is a combination of the pink triange that gay men were forced to wear in concentration camps and the black triange designating lesbians as political prisoners in Nazi Germany. The LGBTQ civil rights movement took these symbols of hatred and combined them to make symbols and color of pride and community.



- https://www.hrc.org/resources/lavender-graduation


FAQs

Do I need to purchase a ticket?

Yes, you have to purchase a ticket. If you are a graduating student, then please select that option. If you are not a graduating student or are not participating in the ceremony but wish to attend, you will need a general admission ticket or you will be DENIED ENTRY!


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No, this event is open to the public.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is available on campus with a ticket purchased at the front of the main lot.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Yes, please feel free to reach out to Lambda Delta Xi via Facebook message.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You are required to show proof of purchase at the event.


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Please do your best to match the person with the ticket information but message Lambda Delta Xi on Facebook.

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Indiana University Northwest

3400 Broadway

Savannah Center Auditorium

Gary, IN 46408

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