‘Lavender Graduation’ planned May 8 for LGBTQ grads

LGBT Resource Center logoLesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, non-heterosexual and gender non-conforming identifying graduates completing their NIU education in December 2013, May 2014 or August 2014 will be honored Thursday, May 8, at the fifth annual Lavender Graduation.

The ceremony is free to students and guests. Semi-formal dress is requested.

The ceremony’s goal is to celebrate the graduates and honor the ways sexual orientation and gender identity have shaped their NIU experiences. 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 careers.

The event will feature an alumni speaker and a 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 4.5/5-star ranking in Campus Pride’s climate index.

For more information, call (815) 753-5428 or email lgbt@niu.edu.

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