Each year the LGBTQ+ Center hosts a Lavender Graduation ceremony to celebrate the achievements of our outstanding LGBTQ+ and ally graduating students. Lavender Graduation is a unique ceremony held annually to honor the struggles many LGBTQ+ students face in accessing and achieving in their education. It does not replace traditional commencement activities, but is a special time to come together in a community of celebration and honor our Lavender Graduates. LGBTQ+ and ally students graduating from the College or from graduate programs are invited to participate, and the entire Wake Forest community is invited to celebrate in this special occasion. Lavender Graduation is held each spring during the evening on the last day of classes.
This year’s ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 6th, at 6:00 pm EST. This year will feature an in-person ceremony with a limited number of attendees; it will be streamed online, and we invite you to tune in and celebrate this year’s graduating class! You can RSVP here, and we will share a link with you in advance of the ceremony.
Lavender Graduates can choose to be recognized publicly or privately – regardless of folks’ boundaries and comfort levels, we are excited to celebrate your achievements. Lavender Graduates will receive a lavender cord, certificate, and small gift from the LGBTQ+ Center.
The student speaker(s) for Lavender Graduation will have the opportunity to share a short message with attendees. Nominations for student speakers will be accepted through Sunday, April 11, 2021. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to nominate, and self-nominations are accepted. All nominees must be graduating from the college or a graduate program this May, August, or December.
Nominees will be notified of their nomination as they come in and will be asked to share a short overview of the topic they might speak on if selected. Nomination and topic information will be shared with a committee of faculty and staff who will select our Lavender Graduation speaker(s).
We look forward to hearing poignant, inspiring, funny, talented, amazing messages from our class of 2021.