Lavender Graduation is a ceremony for LGBTQ+ graduating seniors that has been held at a variety of universities across the world since it started at University of Michigan in 1995. Columbia has hosted a Lavender Graduation for the four undergraduate colleges annually for many years, and Barnard students have always been included in that and invited to attend. However, there has never before been a Barnard specific Lavender Graduation recognition for graduating LGBTQ+ seniors on this side of Broadway. This year, for the first time, Barnard will host its own Lavender Graduation celebration!
Barnard’s Lavender Graduation will be on Wednesday, May 4th, from 4:30-5:30 in the Altschul Atrium. Columbia’s Lavender Graduation is right afterwards, from 6-8:30, and we highly encourage you to go to both celebrations!
All attendees of Barnard’s Lavender Graduation will receive something special to wear with their graduation regalia (like a cord or pin), in addition to the rainbow tassel that is distributed at Columbia’s Lavender Graduation.
Join us for an hour of mingling with other LGBTQ+ graduating seniors, snacks & drinks, a toast, and a keynote speech from Barnard’s inaugural LGBTQ+ Outreach Coordinator – Dylan Kapit ’16 (they/them)!