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Lavender Graduation May 11

May 8, 2013

At the Lavender Graduation, undergraduates and graduate students have an opportunity to share their accomplishments and express their individuality with their family, friends, and loved ones.

Saturday, May 11
5-7 p.m.
Lory Student Center Theatre

Lav Grad at CSU

On Saturday, May 11, Colorado State will host its 12th Lavendar Graduation (Lav Grad, as it's affectionately known) in the Lory Student Center Theatre. Food, beverages, and music will be provided.

Before 2007, Lav Grad was hosted in conjunction with a community dinner, often hosted off campus, that brought together a wide array of people. In May, 2007, Lav Grad was moved to campus and it has been hosted here ever since.

A meaningful ceremony for grads, family, and friends

"Graduates have shared that Lav Grad was an opportunity to come together as a community, and that it was one of the things they most looked forward to," Foula Dimopoulos, M.S.W., director of CSU's Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Resource Center, said.

"Students often want their parents to come, as this is one of the ways they can introduce parents to communities and friends that mean so much to them. Over the last several years, we've had parents and family express their appreciation for the event."

Recognizing persistence to graduation

"Students are recognized for their contributions to CSU and GLBTQ communities, as well as for academic excellence," Dimopoulos said.

"Student employees of the GLBT Resource Center are also recognized for their contributions and commitment to educating others and ensuring that people feel they belong on campus. Often, these students have the ability to 'make someone's day.'  Without them, the GLBT Resource Center could not exist in the various ways that it does today."

"Overall, students are recognized for their persistence and tenacity, particularly in a society where GLBT people are still told they are somehow inferior, less welcome, or unwanted."

Dimopoulos said that the accomplishments of GLBTQ graduates have to be looked at in a larger context. "The lives of GLBTQ individuals are debated in every election and across kitchen tables, and it takes a toll on many individuals. Students, amongst others, demonstrate resiliency, sometimes against great odds.

"That is why Lav Grad was created by Rommi Sanlo, Ph.D., several years ago at the University of Michigan," Dimopoulos said. "This is a nationwide event that happens at several campuses across the country. It connects students to those who participate in similar ceremonies."

Please RSVP

Please RSVP.  

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Resource Center

Contact: Foula Dimopoulos
Phone: (970) 491-4857