Lavender Graduation

About Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is an annual gathering of faculty, staff, students, and community members to celebrate and send off LGBTQIA+ members of the graduating class. Formerly known as the Rainbow Banquet, this ceremony includes an alumni guest speaker, recognition of graduating students, and presentation of lavender cords.

All graduating undergraduates and graduate students whose lived experience, scholarship, and/or leadership, have contributed to a positive LGBTQ climate on campus are eligible to be Lavender Graduates.

In 2019, the LGBTQ Resource Center re-imagined what was formerly known as the Rainbow Banquet, which had been a tradition since 2003. Lavender Graduations are staples of LGBTQ offices nationwide. They celebrate LGBTQIA+ communities at Syracuse University, SUNY-ESF, and the city of Syracuse, featuring a dinner, a graduating keynote speaker, graduating LGBTQIA+ student recognition, and the presentation of Rainbow Recognition Awards. The awards part of the ceremony were removed in 2019 in order to return focus to the graduating students.

Lavender Graduation 2023

Congratulations to the class of 2023 graduates!

For the fifth consecutive year, we celebrate our queer and trans graduating students (undergraduate and graduate) and their accomplishments through our Lavender Graduation. Our ceremony this year will be held in Schine 304 on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 1 p.m. EST.  Guests and Students must register to attend, and Students should register by April 21, 2023.

Celebration events will include a slideshow with information about your degree(s), academic achievements, outstanding service, and plans after graduation and a Lavender Graduation package that included students’ certificate, honor cords, and other gifts from the LGBTQ Resource Center.

If you have any questions or concerns about Lavender Graduation, please email or call 315.443.0228.