Lafayette’s Office of Intercultural Development and Alumni Relations recently hosted the third annual Lavender Graduation, a ceremony that celebrates the achievements of LGBTQIA+ students within our College community.

“Lavender Graduation recognizes our LGBTQIA+ graduates. It is a commemoration of students who, in their four years, have supported, advocated, and made an impact on the lives of other students, faculty, and staff,” says Karina Fuentes, associate director of intercultural development. “These students have been nominated and recognized by their community to honor the identity that they share. With all the challenges they face being LGBTQIA+ students, this ceremony thanks them for their resilience and welcomes them as lifelong members of the Pride alumni network.”

During the ceremony, graduates were presented with lavender cords, symbolizing the spirit, tenacity, and pride of the LGBTQIA+ community. Remarks were shared by President Nicole Hurd, Ernest Jeffries, vice president of inclusion, and Matthew Pagano ’09.

“Lavender Graduation is a time to celebrate the quiet determination of our LGBTQ+ students,” says Alana Klass, senior associate director and coordinator for access, equity, and inclusion initiatives. “It’s a celebration of individual achievement and the collective contributions made to the Lafayette community. It recognizes the significance of their journey and how each person’s experience is made of moments of challenges and support.”

Categorized in: Commencement 2024, Featured News, Intercultural Development, Intercultural Experience, News and Features, Students

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