Eastern Mennonite University will honor LGBTQ+ graduates and alumni at an inaugural Lavender Graduation ceremony. The event will be Friday, May 6, from 5-7 p.m. at the Discipleship Center on the EMU Hill. A reception follows for all participants and the EMU community.
This is one of several events, including the Donning of the Kente ceremony and the Cords of Distinction reception, to celebrate and honor graduates of the Class of 2022, culminating in the university’s Commencement Sunday, May 8, 2022. LGBTQ+ alums who wish to return are welcome and may also request a rainbow stole.
Registration is required by April 15 to ensure time for ordering of the rainbow stoles that each graduate and alum will receive.
The first Lavender Graduation ceremony was hosted in 1995 at the University of Michigan and spread to many universities across the United States.
The event is hosted by EMU’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, EMU Student Life and Safe Space.