University of Texas at Austin                                                             Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Lavender Graduation

May 14: Lavender Graduation

RSVP: Registration for Lavender Graduation is now LIVE!!!

Lavender Graduation is a special graduation ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally students on campus.

Lavender Graduation is co-hosted by the Gender and Sexuality Center and the UT Queer Students Alliance (QSA). Our goal is to provide a venue to demonstrate the success of our community members in a personal, entertaining and celebratory way. The Lavender Graduation Ceremony includes:

Exhilarating speeches from UT faculty, administrators, students, and alumni; the chance to cross the lavender stage to celebrate your success and to receive a Lavender Graduation certificate as well as a rainbow tassel; and music, cake and food to share with friends, family and well-wishers!

Do you want to show your support even though you are not graduating? Attend the event, and bring your friends! Sign up on the GSC listserv to get updates and reminders closer to the event.

Would you like to volunteer at Lavender Graduation? Students, staff and faculty are welcome to help make this a successful event by providing assistance with event set up and clean up. Email us to learn how you can help, or get on our mailing list: gsc@austin.utexas.edu!

RSVP: Registration for Lavender Graduation.


Lavender Graduation is a special graduation ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally students on campus.

Lavender Graduation is co-hosted by the Gender and Sexuality Center and the UT Queer Students Alliance(QSA). Our goal is to provide a venue to demonstrate the success of our community members in a personal, entertaining and celebratory way. The Lavender Graduation Ceremony includes:

  • exhilarating speeches from UT faculty, administrators, students, and alumni;
  • the chance to cross the lavender stage to celebrate your success and to receive a Lavender Graduation certificate as well as a rainbow tassel; and
  • music, cake and food to share with friends, family and well-wishers!

Do you want to show your support even though you are not graduating?

Attend the event, and bring your friends! Sign up on the GSC listserv to get updates and reminders closer to the event –  sign up by sending an email to the GSC.

You can also follow us on Twitter (GSCatUT) and Facebook (GSC).

Would you like to volunteer at Lavender Graduation?

Students, staff and faculty are welcome to help make this a successful event by providing assistance with event set up and clean up. Contact us to learn how you can help!

Why should you participate in Lavender Graduation?

Explore the stories of the recent graduates listed below who participated in Lavender Graduation to learn more about why they participated, and what the experience means to them.

Lizzy Dupont – May 2009

Tatiana Young – May 2009