Bil Browning

Lavender graduations?

Filed By Bil Browning | May 19, 2006 2:29 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement

I found an interesting article over at Yahoo news today. The topic? Lavender graduations. Now what, pray tell, is a lavender graduation? Apparently more and more schools are having ways to distinguish LGBT graduates (like rainbow tassels) and hold a separate reception to honor them. An interesting idea - and a good way to show pride.

Echoing a tradition already established on many campuses for minority students and other groups, a small but growing number of schools are holding "lavender graduations" to honor gay and lesbian students.

"We're finally ... getting our names and faces out there," says Alex Ferrando, 22, who helped organize the inaugural lavender graduation last month at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Commencement was Sunday.

This year, lavender graduations are being or were held on more than 50 campuses, up from just a handful a decade ago. Among those launching ceremonies this year: the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Hawaii in Manoa and Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

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