Mason to Hold First Lavender Graduation

Posted: May 11, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

Mason is joining nearly 150 universities nationwide in offering a “Lavender Graduation” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students.

According to Ric Chollar, associate director for LGBTQ resources in University Life, the Lavender Graduation follows a trend among institutions of higher education in offering smaller graduation celebrations for identity groups on campuses.

Mason’s program, offered for the first time, will be held on Thursday, May 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Student Union Building I, Rooms A, B and C.

The program will include student and faculty speakers, a procession and a reception. The graduates will receive a rainbow tassel and a certificate.

Chollar says the ceremony offers LGBTQ students an opportunity to “celebrate their terrific accomplishments and overcoming some pretty great challenges” but is an addition to, and not a replacement for, the traditional academic convocations and Commencement ceremony.

LGBTQ alumni have also been invited, and LGBTQ allies are welcome. Although a small number of LGBTQ students are expected to participate, Chollar says they will represent many others who are not able to share their identity publicly.

For more information, contact Chollar.

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