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Lavender Graduation

Purple text in front of rainbow graduation caps reads: Lavender Graduation 2023

Lavender Graduation is a ceremony that celebrates the achievements of graduating undergraduate and graduate and professional students in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and aspec (LGBTQIA+) community from Cornell University.

Who participates in a Lavender Graduation? While Lavender Graduation celebrates the achievements of graduating students, this event is also an opportunity for family, friends, faculty, administrators, peers, allies, and significant persons to celebrate each student at the conclusion of their academic journey. Since this ceremony only occurs once a year, all graduating students from January 2022 to December 2023 are encouraged to participate.

Lavender Graduation 2023 will take place IN PERSON!
G10 Biotech building
May 4th, 2023 | 7:00-8:30 PM EDT


Lavender Graduation Awards

Angel R. Hierro Lambda Award: Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional Students

The Greek letter Lambda was selected as a symbol by the Gay Activists Alliance of New York in 1970. In December 1974, the lambda was officially declared the international symbol for gay and lesbian rights by the International Gay Rights Congress and is known to signify unity under oppression. This award is given to those who have contributed extraordinary service to the LGBTQ+ community. Awardees will have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and a commitment to bringing a spirit of unity to the LGBTQ+ community at Cornell University.

Coalition Building & Community Activism Award: Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional Students

This award recognizes individuals who have utilized their skill and understanding of justice-related issues and advocacy to create broad-based coalitions and conversations amongst the LGBTQ+ community and others on campus. These Individuals have provided strong, enduring, and consistent advocacy over time to broaden awareness and understanding of LGBTQ+ issues at Cornell and have worked toward positive change on campus.

University Support Award

This award is given to a faculty, staff, office, or department that has been the most supportive of the LGBTQ+ community within the past academic year.