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Lavender Graduation 2017

  • Date: May 10, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Location: Elstad Auditorium

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The Gallaudet University campus community is invited to attend Lavender Graduation, an annual cultural graduation ceremony for Gallaudet University students in that year's graduating class, and who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) or active allies to the LGBTQA+ community.

Held this year on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 7:00- 8:30 p.m. at Gallaudet University's Elstad Auditorium, Lavender Graduation acknowledges LGBTQA+ students' achievements and honors their contributions to our campus community. During the ceremony, Lavender Graduates will be presented with purple stoles and tassels to wear with their graduation regalia during Commencement on Friday, May 12. Advocates named by the students will be thanked with certificates of recognition, and the LGBTQA Resource Center Annual Awards will be presented to recognize and honor members of the campus who have made significant contributions in support of the LGBTQA+ community on campus. 

Guided by our theme this year, "We Shall Overcome" (the impacts of bias, homophobia, and transphobia), the LGBTQA Resource Center is delighted to announce that Dr. Barbara Kannapell, '61, will be the Keynote presenter for this year's Lavender Graduation. Dr. Kannapell is a nationally and internationally known scholar and lecturer on bilingualism of American Sign Language and English and the culture of Deaf Americans. She previously worked at Gallaudet as a researcher, linguistics specialist, and staff fellow. We are delighted to be welcoming her as our featured presenter for the 2017 Lavender Graduation!

Recommended attire is dressy or business casual.

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members intending to come to the Lavender Graduation ceremony this year to cheer on the graduating Lavender Graduation Class of 2017 are asked to RSVP at:

LGBTQA+ graduating students in the Gallaudet University Class of 2017, please register for Lavender Graduation here:

Please note: The dessert reception following the Lavender Graduation ceremony is intended for the Lavender Graduation Class of 2017 and their Advocates as well as invited guests. Due to space and seating constraints, attendance at the reception is by invitation only. We appreciate your understanding.

If you have questions, please contact the Lavender Graduation Committee at

Posted by Cara Miller | Posted March 15, 2017 at 10:01 PM


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