5th Annual Lavender Graduation

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 4-6pm 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Non-Heterosexual and Gender Non-conforming identifying graduates finishing in December 2013, May 2014, or August 2014 are invited, but must RSVP via application. The ceremony is free to students and guests. Semi-formal dress is requested. Interested participants must apply and RSVP. Any questions should be directed to the LGBT Resource Center.

LGBTQ graduates will be honored at the 5th annual Lavender Graduation on Thursday, May 8, 2014. The ceremony’s goal is to celebrate the graduates and honor the ways sexual orientation and gender identity have shaped their NIU experience.

By focusing the event on self-identified LGBTQ graduates and their guests, the event organizers hope to empower LGBTQ students. Students with diverse sexual and gender identities are an underrepresented group that can sometimes face both challenges and successes on campus. Therefore, this celebration is intended to give LGBTQ students an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and persistence as they complete their NIU career.

The event will feature an alumni speaker and student speaker. This continuing tradition is another way NIU remains among the best LGBT-friendly colleges and universities, as highlighted by the inclusion among the 100-best LGBT-Friendly Colleges and universities in the Advocate College Guide and the four and half out of five-star ranking in Campus Pride's climate index.

For more information, please contact the Resource Center at lgbt@niu.edu or (815) 753-5428.