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Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is a celebration of the accomplishments and contributions of Queer/Trans/LGBTQIA graduating seniors and graduate students at Brandeis University.

The ceremony is open to all seniors and graduate students in all departments whose degrees are conferred August 2018, February 2019, or May 2019. Students who complete their degree requirements over the summer and are conferred August 2019 are also able to participate if they feel that they will not be able to attend Lavender Graduation 2020.

Interested in attending as a guest? Lavender Graduation is open to all Brandeis allies, students, staff, faculty, alumni, and parents. 

Frequently asked questions:

1) Do I need to be LGBTQ-identified to participate? Absolutely not! This event is open to all LGBTQ-identified AND ally graduates. Allies are welcome!

2) I wasn't involved in a queer "specific group" like the Queer Resource Center, Queer Policy Alliance, Brandeis Queer Graduate Student Union, or Triskelion, can I still participate? Yes! All LGBTQ and Ally students are welcome to participate!

3)What will I get when I participate? Everyone who participates will receive a memento. Your name and bio will be included in the event program.

4) Will the student papers be covering this event? What is the policy on confidentiality? In response to confidentiality concerns of students last year we worked with the student press to ensure that they only interviewed and photographed students who had consented. Further privacy measures include: 

  • Students can decide whether or not to include their name and/or biography in the program.
  • Participant names will not be listed on the web-site.
  • We will have a confidentiality announcement at the beginning of the event.
  • We will ask all participants and guests to please refrain from posting event pictures on Facebook and other social media outlets without explicit permission.

6) Even with those privacy measures in place, I am not comfortable attending. Can I still get a certificate? Yes! Just be in contact with us and we will create a packet for you to pick up.

7) What should I wear? While there isn't an official dress code, we ask that you dress in a manner that makes you feel good. We encourage you to dress somewhere between business casual and semi-formal. Drag is welcome!

If you have any other questions, please contact Jeremy today!