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Pomp and Pride at Lavender Graduation

NC State’s Free Expression Tunnel shows its true colors during Diversity Education Week.

Registration is now open through April 1 for the 2016 Lavender Graduation, an annual ceremony to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of NC State’s LGBT graduates.

Members of NC State’s class of 2015 at the annual Lavender Graduation.
Members of NC State’s class of 2015 at the annual Lavender Graduation.

Any lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender undergraduate or graduate student who is graduating this spring, summer or fall is welcome to participate. You don’t need to be involved with NC State’s GLBT Center in order to participate.

The campus community is invited to attend the event to support the university’s LGBT students. Lavender Graduation will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Talley Piedmont Mountains Ballroom.

The Lavender Graduation ceremony was created by educator Ronni Sanlo at the University of Michigan in 1995 and is now held at more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide.

Sanlo, then living in Miami, lost custody of her two young children in 1979 after she came out as a lesbian. Her story is told in the award-winning 2014 documentary, A Letter to Anita, directed by filmmaker Andrea Meyerson.

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  1. I hope that taxpayer money was not used for this ceremony! If so, there should be one for Jewish students, American Indian students, Christian students, Black students and all other small groups who have felt discrimination on campus. You are, in effect, discriminating against all these other groups by shining the university’s light on one tiny group. Come on now, let’s be fair here!!!!!!

  2. This is a wonderful ceremony. Especially in light of the recent political moves in North Carolina and Georgia. I am proud to be a Realtor and supporting the rights sexual orientation and gender identity

  3. Dr Sanlo. I had bought “The Purple Golfcart” at Jacksonville River Arts Market, a few years ago. You are a powerful woman, with a powerful message. Thank you for empowering the new generation of graduates.

  4. Bravo to Dr. Ronni Sanlo for this amazing leap into the much-needed field of advancing the GLBT praise and pride to graduates~~So very proud of you, Ronni !